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Term 3 Week 10 2021

From the Principal

Dear St Michael’s College community,

After eight and a half years of outstanding leadership as Principal of St Michael’s College, and previously eight years as Deputy Principal, John Foley has advised me that he will not be seeking to extend his tenure beyond his current term and has decided to conclude his time as Principal of St Michael’s College at the end of the 2021 school year.

As only the second lay Principal, John has led the College to new heights with his love for, and knowledge of, education in the Lasallian tradition with St Michael’s continuing to demonstrate the underlying philosophy of education which we trace back to St John Baptist de La Salle. Under John’s inspiring leadership, St Michael’s has become a Lasallian lighthouse school with an outstanding reputation for excellence.

Held in high esteem by Br David Hawke, Brother Visitor, the Lasallian Mission Council and the De La Salle Brothers for his personal qualities and his professional expertise, John is a valued member of the Gerard Rummery Institute Committee, the District Chapter Steering Committee, and a presenter in the Lasallian formation program Together for Mission.

John Foley’s time as Principal is marked by many outstanding achievements, in particular working with the Board on changes to the governance structure, funding arrangements and College land purchase; the $12.7m Lasallian Education Centre, modelled on a contemporary university design and including flexible learning spaces and a café; the $6.5m innovative and exciting building project on the Beverley Campus, opened early in 2021; the introduction of the College Learning Management System (SEQTA); the enrolment of a full Year 7 cohort at the Henley Campus in 2019; primary coeducation in Reception from the commencement of 2021; the development of the current Vision Statement (Community, Challenge, Choice); marked improvement in academic achievement including SACE results; enrolment growth: and the successful navigation of Covid to mention just a few of a lengthy list of achievements.

John’s departure from St Michael’s at the end of the year presents the College, and the Board in particular, with an exciting challenge – that of the selection of a new Principal. The College community can be assured that the Board will be very proactive in ensuring that the process is completed as expeditiously as possible, in a manner designed to ensure that we appoint another outstanding Principal to lead the College into this exciting next chapter of the College’s story. I have no doubt that the position of Principal of St Michael’s College will attract exceptional candidates.

The Board is committed to ensuring that the delivery of quality education at the College and our strong Lasallian tradition will continue to grow with the appointment of our next Principal so that St Michael’s will continue to be one of the leading Catholic schools in Adelaide.

As this process may take time, and the commencement date of the new Principal may not be until well into the new year, the Board has appointed Damian Patton, Deputy Principal, an experienced educational leader, to the position of Acting Principal for Term 1, 2022. Damian will also work with John for Term 4, 2021, to ensure a smooth transition into 2022.

John has shared with me that he will “always treasure the experiences and wonderful opportunities” that the College has afforded him, and that he will, “miss St Michael’s College deeply, always holding it close”. I know this is particularly true of the many strong relationships John has built with staff, students, families and the wider College community during his time at the College.

In turn, our community will miss him deeply and in so many ways … and our memories will always be a tribute to his relational style of leadership.

On behalf of the College Board, our teachers and staff, and the whole College community, I express our deep appreciation to John Foley for all that he has contributed to St Michael’s and know that many will take the opportunity next term to express their gratitude and wish our exceptional leader well in the future.

We also thank John’s wife, Alison, and children, Emma, Hannah and Wil, for their shared long term commitment to the College throughout his years of leadership at St Michael’s College.

Fortunately, John will not be lost to Catholic Education in South Australia, and will be taking up a position in 2022 that will be announced through CESA shortly.

Live Jesus in our hearts.

Best wishes

Marie Dorrington OAM
Chair
St Michael’s College, Adelaide, Board

Weekly Communication and Important Dates

Weekly Communication and Important Dates

RIP

Dr David Walter Peel Corbett
Much loved grandfather of Bethany Corbett (Year 11).

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, Rest In Peace. Amen.

IMPORTANT DATES

11 October
Classes resume for Term 4

2022 TUITION FEES AND CHARGES

Dear Parents, Guardians and Caregivers,

On behalf of the St Michael’s College, Adelaide Board, I wish to provide you with the following information pertaining to 2022 Tuition Fees and Charges.

Despite such a challenging economic environment in 2021, we are most appreciative that parents, guardians, and caregivers continue to support the College by meeting their financial obligations in a timely manner.

As you are aware, there was no fee increase applied for the 2021 school year. Although the Board is very sensitive to the impact on families, it is deemed necessary to increase the fees in 2022 to enable the school to continue to provide a high quality, well-resourced education for all students.  This includes:

  • Class sizes below the Enterprise Agreement.
  • College supplied and maintained IT devices.
  • Ongoing commitment to capital development to refresh and improve learning spaces.
  • Staffing above the minimum requirements to ensure quality teaching & learning and wellbeing programs, partnerships with families and a genuine intent to ensure all individuals are known valued and cared for.

From 1 January 2022, tuition fees will increase by 2.5% for Reception to Year 12 students.

Due to the transition from Year 7 to the Secondary Campus in 2018, a transition period was established to align the Year 7 fee to the Year 8-10 tuition fee. This period will now be extended for a further two years (2022 and 2023).

The 2022 School Fee Schedule can be accessed on the following link https://smc.sa.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/smc_school-fee-schedule_2022-updated-7-September-2021.pdf

Should you require clarification of any matter about the school fee schedule, please do not hesitate to contact our fees staff at the secondary campus on 8356 5966 or via fees@smc.sa.edu.au

Yours sincerely,

Mr Dominic LoBasso, Business Manager

YEAR 7 ORIENTATION DAY

Please be reminded that the Year 7 2022 Orientation Day is on Monday, 29 November. More information will be communicated soon.

UNIFORM SHOP

The Uniform Shop is holding a sale from 1 September to 31 October. Buy early and save!

Please note that the Uniform Shop will be closed for the first week of the holidays and reopen the second week on Tuesday 5 October, Wednesday, 6 October and Thursday, 7 October. They will also be open on the first day of Term 4, Monday, 11 October.

Click here for Term Dates.
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Primary Campus

SPOTLIGHT ON PARENTS

The Portfolio Conference Evening Semester 2, 2021

We know that it is important to talk about learning and that this is best done face to face. Traditionally at the Primary Campus, this has taken the form of a Portfolio Conference Evening. Unfortunately, this year as we began to plan this event, the COVID situation was very precarious. Rather than not having the opportunity to talk about your child’s learning, we switched to an online version. We named this approach a “learning conversation”.

In the lead up to “learning conversations”, each student, alongside their teachers, prepared aspects of their current learning they wanted to talk about. In the background, our admin staff and IT crew ensured that each family could access the technology. Parents were required to book an appointment, read the letters sent home and be prepared to talk about learning. The research is clear on the crucial role parents play in how children see themselves as learners, and we are sure that the time and care taken by so many of you to focus on this important part of learning is of enormous value.

What is the impact?

Firstly, talk time helps students process their learning. Thinking and talking about content helps students integrate information into personal knowledge. In other words, talking about and explaining concepts out loud to someone else solidifies the learning in our minds. So, the learning conversations reinforced the new knowledge, concepts, and ideas brewing over the semester. Language, in other words, is how we think. It is how we process information and remember. It is our operating system. Vygotsky (1962) suggested that thinking develops into words in several phases, moving from imaging to inner speech to inner speaking to speech. Tracing this idea backward, speech—talk—is the representation of thinking.

Learning Conversations can happen every week! Sidestep the sometimes unhelpful “What did you do at school today?”, give yourself a heads up using SEQTA, Showbie or SeeSaw, where you will find an outline of the week’s topics, then ask specific questions. Here is an example:

Secondly, how we talk about learning matters. When you change your words, you change your mindset. When your child is faced with a challenge, the image below shows how to help them turn a fixed mindset statement into a growth mindset statement! A growth mindset does not just reward effort, and no one can be positive all the time. However, if you use positive language, it is much harder to feel or be negative. We have talked to the students about the power of YET, they understand it. Here are a few more positive spins…

There are many resources for educators or parents who want to teach their children about growth mindset, What is growth mindset? Here is another link that includes animated video clips, discussions, and questions.

Our hope is that this week’s conversations for you and your child were enjoyable, and you were able to see clearly, the progress and learning journey that your child is on. In a week, when the papers will be full of NAPLAN results, it is important to remember that all children are capable and competent learners. There are a hundred languages of learning. This week, you played a crucial role in that journey. Reggio Emilia Approach

That being said, we look forward to returning to the Portfolio Conference evening with the exhibition of learning and a chance for us all to be face to face again.

Mrs Joanne Gilmore, Director of Teaching & Learning – Primary
#alwayslearningalwayswillbe

NAPLAN RESULTS 2021

Much is made in the media of the NAPLAN results, and this week, Years 3 and 5 parents will receive individual results for their child. Testing was completed in May and provided a snapshot of where students were at that point in time. It is useful data but is only one piece of the puzzle.

As a primary school we followed the national trend with growth in Reading, Spelling, Grammar and Numeracy in Years 3 and 5, with writing remaining steady. Progress indicators for Year 5, where the ‘value added’ becomes apparent, were pleasing, with 81% of students demonstrating medium to high levels of progress in Reading (Australia 76%) and 83% for Numeracy (Australia 75%).

In Year 5, average scores in all areas were higher than the 2019 data (no NAPLAN held in 2020 due to unprecedented times), with the most improvement in spelling. In Year 3 this was consistent with the highest level of improvement in Numeracy and Spelling compared to previous cohorts.

The test itself was slightly different this year; online tests for numeracy, reading, and grammar were delivered in a staged adaptive design. Students were presented with different pathways through the test – depending on their performance to that point. This allows students to engage with questions that are targeted to their level of achievement. As a result, not all students will have seen the same questions in these tests.

Although all students have not seen the same questions, the test design ensures all results can be placed accurately on the NAPLAN scale. In fact, the targeting of test questions to student performance allows this to be done more precisely than with a single fixed test.

The data is useful and will be further analysed and used to pinpoint resources, further develop teaching strategies and support all of our students. If you have any concerns related to NAPLAN, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher or contact Mrs Joanne Gilmore, Director Teaching & Learning, via primary.admin@smc.sa.edu.au

Mr Damian Patton, Deputy Principal – Primary and Mrs Joanne Gilmore, Director of Teaching & Learning – Primary

WORDS HAVE POWER – ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE WELL EDITED, AND YOU CAN LISTEN TO THEM!

Podcasting has been a feature of Primary Campus life in 2021, and today we held a special celebration to acknowledge the students across Year 5 and 6 who had completed the Level 1 Start Caster programme with ARCH D Radio and Podcasting.

With the steady hand of James Meston at the wheel, our podcast crew have learnt many new skills and had the chance to create short podcasts about anything they wanted. The students have learnt how to script and storyboard, use sound effects, edit, and work to tight deadlines in a team environment. The results are informative, hilarious, and very entertaining.

Congratulations to the following students:

Group One (The OG’s)Group Two
Finn McEvoyLuca Montagnese
Jack StevensRiley Bell
Gurshaan ParmarMarco Didyk
Lucas StrelanDiego Hernandez
Tavian FraserZac Mullins
Charlie Santos TaitNikola Radic
Frank MarinoEmmanuel Thessalonikeous
Matthew FrancisOliver Van Dommele
Kailan Stone
Alexander Gardiner
Jeremy Bowling
Sebastian Krol
Benjamin Abraham
Hunter Marr
Louie Staltari
Oliver Rowson

Listen to the podcasts from Group One by clicking here, Group Two’s podcasts are due to be released shortly.

Level 2 begins next term, and we look forward to more technical know-how combined with superb creativity.

Mrs Joanne Gilmore, Director of Teaching & Learning – Primary
#alwayslearningalwayswillbe

DANCE CONCERT

On Wednesday 22 September, the Primary Campus held a Dance Concert in Founders Hall. This term all classes across the campus had been working on dances in their Music and PE lessons. The theme for this year’s concert was Music Through the Decades and the dances were taught by teachers, Mrs Holly Dineen, Ms Annabel Lampard and Miss Talia Gaertner-Jones. Each class performed their own dance with the earliest coming from 3B with their tribute to the Harlem Globetrotters with the 1925 song Sweet Georgia Brown, through to 4M having a backwards pants dance battle to Kriss Kross’s Jump!

Music Through the Decades would not be complete without spreading some GIRL POWER! The Primary staff joined in to create their own rendition of the Spice Girls song Stop featuring their very own Spice ‘Girls’, Ms Vanessa Morelli (Ginger Spice), Ms Annabel Lampard (Sporty Spice), Mrs Erin Stanborough (Baby Spice), Mr Mitchell Boulton (Scary Spice) and Mr Aaron Sayers (Posh Spice).

Well done to all students and staff involved in this event!

Miss Talia Gaertner-Jones, Music and Performing Arts Teacher – Primary

EWASTE RECYCLING CHALLENGE

Everyone knows recycling is good for the environment, but too many of us have old mobile phones just sitting in drawers never to be recycled. Mobile phones are made from many materials, including precious metals which can be reused, and through recycling we reduce the need to mine and take less from the earth.

With this in mind, the Youth Environmental Leaders (YELs) decided it was time to promote the great work of Mobile Muster and make it easy for our community to recycle their mobile phones, chargers and batteries. Of course the best way to do this is by having a challenge! We called it our ‘Spirit Recycling Challenge’ with the winning team gaining points towards this year’s Spirit Cup.

Thank you to everyone who brought in their electrical waste for our challenge. We are proud to announce that we recycled 50 mobile phones, over 100 chargers and other electrical items, and way too many batteries to even count! It was a great success with all of these items being recycled, instead of going into landfill.

The winners of this recycling challenge are yellow!

Please note that you can continue to bring in your old batteries and small electrical items into our Admin area for recycling.

Youth Environmental Leaders

COMING TOGETHER FOR CONSERVATION

On Monday 20 September, eight Youth Environmental Leaders from the Primary Campus and 14 senior Eco Squad members joined forces to assist conservation efforts at the Monarto Zoo. It was a cold spring day, but that didn’t stop us from planting over 40 native trees.

These trees were planted in the ‘Wild Africa Park’, a new park being established within the existing Monarto Safari Park. The trees, once established, will not only provide shelter for the animals and increase biodiversity in the area, but also help shield the manmade structures, providing a more aesthetically pleasing experience for future visitors.

It was wonderful to see our senior environmentalists working alongside our younger students in such an incredible conservation activity, providing the many volunteers of Monarto Zoo with much needed assistance.

I wish to personally thank the hard work and dedication of all of these students, in providing both campuses with wonderful environmental initiatives.

Mrs Robyn Palmer, Sustainability Support Officer

Secondary Campus

PE WEEK

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, key findings show that:

  • In 2011–12, less than one-quarter (23%) of children aged 5 to 14 undertook the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity every day.
  • On average, children aged 5 to 14 spent more than two hours (123 minutes) each day sitting or lying down for screen-based activities. Children aged 2 to 4 spent 83 minutes a day on average in front of screens.
  • Only one in ten (10%) of children met both screen-based activity and physical activity guidelines (ABS, 2013).

(Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2020, Health of Children, viewed 22 September 2021, <https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/australias-health/health-of-children>)

In addition to developing good dietary and nutritional habits, limiting sedentary behaviour and participating in physical activity is vital to supporting a child’s health, development and psychosocial wellbeing (AIHW, 202). PE Week was an opportunity for students (and staff) to do just that!

The week involved all things PE with staff v students badminton games, a ‘BUMP’ competition, staff v House Captains Dri-Tri (a land-based triathlon), a scavenger hunt, staff v students outdoor volleyball, and the 2021 SMC Ninja Warrior. Thanks to all staff and students who participated in the activities over the week, and congratulations to all the prize winners.

Mrs Sally Nicholson, Head of Department Health & Physical Education – Secondary

AUSTRALIAN SPACE FORUM

On Wednesday 15 September, four Year 10 students, Paul Choimes (10PC-10), Isla Allen (10PC-03), Max McCleave (10PC-10), and Jamie Neville (10PC-10), were lucky enough to be able to attend the 12th Australian Space Forum run by the Andy Thomas Space Foundation. The event was a fantastic opportunity for the four students in attendance to network with professionals in the Space industry. In our time at the forum, we found that there were many different ways people can work in the space industry, including through law, business and engineering pathways.

Students were also fortunate to speak with many different directors of start-up companies in the space field and a few different events and groups, including the ‘National Youth Science Forum’ and Australian Youth Aerospace Association on different progressions in the industry and to connect with like-minded individuals. Students also toured the new space facility being built in Adelaide City, ‘Lot 14’, which was a great chance to see how exciting the future is for Adelaide’s space and cyber-security industries.

Mr Adam Biggs, Teacher – Secondary

YEAR 11 LASALLIAN RETREAT DAY

On Thursday, 16 September, the Year 11 cohort had the privilege of embarking on a retreat held at the Secondary Campus, with the day focusing on the theme of SOS (Service, Opportunity, and Sacrifice). The retreat was highly motivational and allowed us to view life from a different perspective about the sacrifices constantly made for us in the form of our parents, teachers and other people in our community who often go unnoticed. It also showed us how fortunate we all are and that we are privileged enough to be in a position to take opportunities and help others. We also learned of the importance of service and that service is looking at another person and allowing their priorities to take first place. We were also fortunate to hear from some inspirational old scholars, 2020 College Captain Olivia Higgins, 2019 College Vice-Captain Vincenzo Triulcio, Nathan Pellizzari (2019), and Isabella Tocchetti (2017), as they shared their stories and reinforced the themes of the day. The retreat was also an opportunity to unwind and relax during these busy and stressful times as we prepare to embark on the final term of Year 11. I can speak on behalf of the Year 11 cohort and truthfully say that we were all able to take something away from the day.

Written by Year 11 student, Massimo Cavallo (11PC-09)

WOMEN IN STEM BREAKFAST

Inspiring young women to pursue careers in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics was the fundamental purpose of the STEM breakfast held on Monday, 20 September, Week 10. Students Lilija Zampatti (10PC-07), Teresa Levak (10PC-10), Isla Allen (10PC-03), Holly Dini (11PC-01) and Bridie Dolan (11PC-01), along with around 200 other young women, teachers, and industry professionals, listened to discussions of what it is like as a woman working in the STEM industry.

Sumen Rai (Director- Defence Innovation Partnerships) spoke of the perceived barriers for women moving into this area and the range of skills they could bring. Much traditional design is based around the needs of the average male; for example, air-conditioning systems in large buildings are calculated on the size and metabolic needs of a 40-year-old man, leaving female workers uncomfortable. More women are needed in the areas of Engineering and Technology to address these types of discrepancies. Amy Brooks-Birve, a university student studying Mathematical Computer Sciences, encouraged students to surround themselves with great mentors that inspire them to follow their passions.

Students shared some of their thoughts about the day:

“It was marvellous, simply marvellous. The food was divine, especially the scrambled eggs. Shreya Abhyankar, a panel member, spoke beautifully. It was inspirational”. – Teresa Levak

“Hearing from the panel members gave us an insight into different people of different ages working in varying STEM careers”. – Lilija Zampatti

Ms Tess Morcom, Teacher – Secondary

AUSTRALIAN HISTORY COMPETITION RESULTS 2021

Towards the end of last semester, 16 Year 7 to 10 students participated in the Australian History Competition. This is a nationwide competition where students are provided an interesting, challenging and rewarding experience to test their historical skills by completing multiple choice questions linked to the Australian History curriculum.

I am very proud to announce that Year 10 student Tom Laforgia (10PC-02) has been awarded the prize as top Year 10 student in South Australia. This is an impressive accolade. The following students should also be commended for achieving some excellent results:

High Distinction – Thomas Webb (9BPC-03)

Distinction – Gianluca Belperio (10PC-03), and Molly Short (9GPC-04)

Credit – Oliver Dichiera (7BPC-06)

Merit – Poppy Benson (10PC-01), Alexander Dessaur (9BPC-01), Liam Saulters (9BPC-06), and Anthony Zerella (7BPC-06)

Ms Stacey Moros, Head of History – Secondary

YEAR 10 HISTORY – WW2 HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR GUEST SPEAKER

On Tuesday, 14 September, Year 10 students studying History were privileged to listen to guest speaker Andrew Steiner, OAM, a Holocaust survivor who spoke to the students about his experiences living in Nazi-Occupied Hungary during WW2. At the end of last year, the Adelaide Holocaust Museum and Andrew Steiner Education Centre were officially opened. Andrew generously gives up his time every semester to share his story of survival with St Michael’s students and his important message about people not being a bystander to injustices around them. Year 10 students Jackson and Tom shared their reflections on Andrew’s moving presentation:

“It is important for students to learn about this tragic event in human history, to understand the sort of things humans can do to each other, and to learn from these mistakes, so they don’t happen again. From hearing stories like Andrew’s, we can learn that there is always hope. Always a chance for things to change and become better. This lesson can be applied to anything, some small, some big”. – Jackson Fennell (10PC-03)

“By Andrew giving his insight into the events, it improved my understanding of the event and the different phases. It is very important that we learn about this event. You have provided an amazing chance to increase my knowledge on the topic. Along with the information, the talk and your experiences throughout the was were very moving. Overall, it was an incredible experience, one that shall be remembered”. Tom Laforgia (10PC-02)

Ms Stacey Moros, Head of History – Secondary

YEAR 7 HISTORY – SA MUSEUM AND CENTRE OF DEMOCRACY

Over the last two weeks, on Friday 10 and Friday 17 September, Year 7 History students had the chance to visit the Museum and the Centre of Democracy. As part of their studies in Term 3, students learned about Ancient Civilisations, including Ancient Australia and Ancient Egypt. Throughout the day, students had the chance to immerse themselves in looking at important artefacts to learn about everyday life, rituals and beliefs.

Students also visited the Centre of Democracy on the corner of Kintore Avenue. They learned about Australia’s political history and some of the trailblazing men and women who have helped create our nation. Students had the chance to visit the war memorial and enjoy lunch in the Myer Centre. Some great educational experiences were shared across the respective days.

“I learnt something from every part of the excursion, but the two things that stood out to me the most was the painting in the Centre of Democracy and the medicines used by Indigenous Australians. I learnt that the painting was of a feast set up by the South Australian Governor to reduce the separation of Indigenous Australians and English settlers. I also learnt that the medicine used in these times was constructed from native plants and trees. Each plant was used as a remedy for a different illness or injury, and some Indigenous Australians still use these medicines passed down to them from their elders. I enjoyed learning about the famous people and events which have helped to shape South Australia”. – Jessica Burton (7GPC-05)

Ms Stacey Moros, Head of History – Secondary

YEARS 7-9 LEARNING AND WELLBEING CHARACTER STRENGTH FOCUS

Week 10: Fairness

“Fair go, mate. Fair shake of the sauce bottle. Fair crack of the whip!”

Some of these sayings might be familiar. They’re often associated with the stereotypical Australian- you know, the tall, tanned, blonde surfer, the lovable larrikin type that looks a lot like me!

The Department for Home Affairs affirms, “Australian society values respect for the freedom and dignity of the individual, freedom of religion, commitment to the rule of law, Parliamentary democracy, equality of men and women and a spirit of egalitarianism that embraces mutual respect, tolerance, fair play and compassion for those in need and pursuit of the public good.” Our national anthem implores us to Advance Australia Fair!

Fairness, as a character strength, is valued by our culture. It is also a strength we aspire to, both singularly and in our community, where we wish to be known, valued and cared for, explore our curiosities and become the leaders and learners of the world!

My earliest memories of thinking about fairness in a public place were associated with going to the footy at Norwood Oval with my dad and older sister, which we regularly did. It was the only place I really heard people publicly screaming their thoughts about fairness (not always in the politest of terms!).  While I can’t say that I go to many games anymore, I suspect that in this regard, perhaps not a lot has changed.

Fast forward about 35 years from Norwood Oval, and something similar unfolded in a completely different context. I had taken my Year 11 Italian class to a Languages Forum at Adelaide University, and during the then Premier’s address, a group of protesters stood up in Bonython Hall and began to sing loudly at the top of their lungs for most of his address, to drown him out. From memory, when he paused, so did they. He resumed, and so did they. My students looked at me wide-eyed, in astonishment, wondering what was going on around them in ‘sleepy’ Adelaide.

Just this last weekend, I was caught in the traffic of protesters in the city. Whilst this was inconvenient at that moment, I again felt grateful for the shawl of freedom that surrounds the country in which we live. It reminded me of a scene in one of my favourite films to teach, Looking for Alibrandi – you might know the scene. Jacob Coote, a young man who is a little rough around the edges, speaks about his pride in living in a country where we can peacefully make our feelings about public policy known without fearing the consequence of death. His speech sees the whole arena applaud thunderously because they know it’s true. We are very lucky in so many ways.

Fairness is very much a part of the Australian culture, but this doesn’t mean that everything is fair. It does, however, mean that we can find our voice and express an opinion when we feel it is not. We can, aspire to, and work towards making life fairer for everyone.

In my email to students in Year 7-9 this week, I invited them to think about these ideas:

We can develop and keep our fairness in check by:  

  • Making sure we are open-minded and looking at things through the eyes of those around us without judgement.
  • Looking out for people or things we can help in some way and offering to help. In COVID times, our wearing of masks is an important action here as something we can do to contribute to the health of everyone around us and our families.
  • Checking our own thinking to see if we view other people or cultures stereotypically or based on gossip. Are we focusing on divisive differences rather than what we have in common?
  • Avoiding gossip and thinking many times before posting or uploading anything.
  • Thinking about the mistakes we make and checking to see if we are taking responsibility. What can we learn from them?
  • Thinking about other people’s feelings when we are speaking or acting, rather than just our own thoughts and needs.
  • Taking up an active role in the College or another social justice group.
  • Reading about an event in the world where human rights are threatened and looking for the best ways to promote social justice on the issue.
  • Reading a biography or watching a clip about someone who is a strong example of social justice such as Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa…and thinking about how these people can inspire us to lead with fairness.
  • Making sure that in all that we do, we are lifting people up around us, not pushing them down by our actions or our words.

This week we also celebrate De La Salle Day, a day that honours our founder in his quest for fairness in education, bringing us to where we are today!

Wishing you all a fair go this week!

Enjoy the sunshine in all its forms during the break ahead!

Mrs Tonia Carfora, Year 7-9 Learning and Wellbeing Initiatives Leader

WRITE A BOOK IN A DAY EVENT

St Michael’s College “Write a Book in a Day” event took place in the Library on Thursday 16 September. The aim of the day is to raise money for the Kid’s Cancer Project and write and illustrate a book in twelve hours. This year, students raised $1,103.37, a great effort for an important cause. The book is judged at the State level, and if successful, at the National level. Winners will have their books published and shared with hospitals around Australia for children from ages 10 to 16.

Eighteen students (two teams) arrived at 7:45 am, ready to begin their collaborative task of developing a story based on the parameters revealed at 8:00 am. The excitement as they shared their ideas and planned their stories, filled with larger-than-life characters and interesting plots, was constant throughout the day and evening. Their goal was always in sight and delivered with a click of an “upload” at 8:25 pm.

Comments below from some participants show how worthwhile an event it is. Congratulations to everyone involved, and good luck with your book entries.

“What I learnt from ‘Write a Book in a Day’ it is that I was right – it was chaotic in the last ten minutes!” – Tahlia Ward (9GPC-01)

“I enjoyed taking part in ‘Write a Book in a Day’ because it was fun to try a new experience and work with the different people in our group. I enjoyed collaborating with the illustrators and seeing the images connect with the chapters. I would definitely like to do it again next year”.Ashton Jackson (7GPC-05)

‘Write a Book in a Day’ was a really fun experience. It was my first time doing it, and I thought it would be a lot more intense and that we would be working down to the final minutes, but it was actually really relaxed and one of my best days at SMC”. – Massimo Marrone (7BPC-02)

“The challenge was a really fun experience; I enjoyed the teamwork that our group participated in, and I also liked the cause the challenge supported”. – Charlie Randall (7BPC-02)

“‘Write a Book in a Day’ was a fantastic experience, and I will surely do it again. I enjoyed getting to work with other authors and amazing illustrators to create an amusing (and crazy) book”. – Lily Colville (7GPC-05)

“This year was my first time participating in the ‘Write a Book in a Day’ activity. I found it incredibly enjoyable and a good way to let my imagination and creativity run wild, as well as my writing skills. I am glad that the money raised goes towards a good cause, as this fueled my motivation even more to work as hard as I could. I hope to take part in this activity in the years to come”. – Joshua Francis (7BPC-02)

“The best part of ‘Write a Book in a Day’ was the amazing people in my team. Everyone in the team had an important role and did it well”. – Kiara Didyk (8GPC-02)

‘Write a Book in a Day’ was a very eventful and fun day, and the group had a great time. Students got to write or illustrate and get to know new people. It was an enjoyable day, and I would love to do it again next year”. Kristian De Candia (9BPC-06)  

Mrs Maria Pepe-Micholos, Head of Library – Secondary

Careers and VET Services

THE FUTURE OF STEM IN SA

The STEM Academy team at The University of Adelaide is excited to host this exclusive event for students and parents who have an interest in STEM. Featuring information for parents of students in Years 8 to 12, as well as an opportunity to network with industry professionals from leading STEM sectors in South Australia.

What: The Future of STEM in SA
When: Monday 11 October 6:15 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Ingkarni Wardli Building, The University of Adelaide
Light refreshments will be provided

Registrations are essential. Please click here to book your place.

INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE OF HOTEL MANAGEMENT (ICHM)

ICHM Discovery Days are aimed towards Year 12 students who are unsure on what their next step may be when they leave school, or for students who are interested in business, hotel management and hospitality, and want to discover more about a possible career path in a luxury hotel. It is an opportunity for prospective students to experience the ICHM learning approach as well as get the chance to gain a behind the scenes experience at two of Adelaide’s finest luxury venues (EOS by SkyCity and The Oval Hotel at Adelaide Oval). The Discovery Day is free of charge to students and includes a complementary lunch!

The next Discovery Days are being held on:

  • Friday 8 October, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
  • Monday 29 November, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

Click here to register.

YEAR 12 STUDENTS

On Wednesday a SEQTA Message was sent to all Year 12 students and parents/caregivers who had not yet registered for SATAC university preferences. Many students will not choose a university pathway in 2022 which is also a good decision, however at this stage we are flagging all students who have not registered.

FLINDERS UNIVERSITY YEAR 11 CONDITIONAL OFFER DEADLINE 30 SEPTEMBER

Students who wish to have a Conditional Offer to an eligible Flinders University Course (based on your best five Year 11 grades), they need to have the relevant course as the first preference on their completed SATAC application by 30 September. In addition to this, students also must have completed the details on the Year 11 Pathway section on the Flinders University website. Click here to fill in the form, you will need to scroll down until you reach ‘steps to apply’ and go to step two ‘online form link’.

To check what combination of grades is required for what courses see ‘Steps to Apply Step 1 List of Eligible Courses’ pamphlet. You can change preferences around 5 October as this will give Flinders time to capture and consider eligibility for an offer. This can be in addition to any offer you have from University of Adelaide and can be in addition to any offer you may have received from the Flinders University Assessment Centre Conditional Offer you may have participated in.

SATAC APPLICATIONS DUE: UNIVERSITY ON 30 SEPTEMBER AND TAFESA ASAP

UNIVERSITY

Please be aware that after 30 September it will cost $185 to apply and register on SATAC.

Once you submit and pay, that application can be changed all the way through to second semester next year as you may want to consider mid-year entry. Some courses have strict application deadlines, see the inside cover of the SATAC Guide for more information.

For most courses, once they are on your SATAC application by 1 December, they will be equally considered. You can add some after this date however they may not be considered equally if they have ‘closed’. Many courses have this flagged on the ‘Course Description’ on the SATAC website. You can change the order of your preferences all the way through to 10 January 2022.

You can also apply and defer and have the course on hold whilst you have a “gap year”.

TAFESA
Please consider applying to TAFESA as soon as possible, it is free to apply and there are many TAFESA options with better employment outcomes than for University graduates. If you get an email to sit the CSPA Test please organise to do this ASAP – it could save you thousands of dollars!

Those who are looking to apply interstate must get onto their applications ASAP.

FLINDERS UNIVERSITY UPDATE

Year 12 Enhanced Campus Tours
We understand choosing a university is a big decision for students and Year 12s have had limited opportunities to visit universities throughout the pandemic. During the October school holidays, Year 12 students are invited to register for an Enhanced Campus Tour. This is an excellent opportunity to explore university life, take a campus tour and ask questions about future course options.

During student appointments they will meet with a Student Advisor to talk through their study options, followed by a current student-lead tour of the campus and the study interface showcasing an insider-view of what it’s like to study at Flinders.

Students are welcome to visit with friends or parents/caregivers. Flinders University look forward to welcoming you on their campus!

Open Days 365 – Explore Flinders all year round
Flinders annual Open Days will be accessible to students all year round via their online Open Days 365 platform. They have developed an online program flyer for you to look at.

The Flinders Open Days 365 virtual platform will allow students to:

• Meet academics and students during year-round livestream information sessions
• Access more than 70 on-demand presentations on career and study areas
• Chat with study area experts about career pathways
• Engage with current students and alumni

Students can click here to register for Open Days, and then log-in to watch live. Each live session will be available on-demand for students shortly after the conclusion of the session.

ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN AVIATION

Hartwig Air Flight Academy located at Parafield Airport offers an Associate Degree in aviation through RMIT University. This is the ideal pathway for students looking at becoming professional pilots.

Interested St Michael’s College students can tour their facilities on 30 September from 2:00pm.

Please contact Liam Sullivan for more details: phone 0459 109 902 or email liam.sullivan@hartwigair.com.au

EDUCATION USA SPORTS SCHOLARSHIP

Interested in a pathway to study USA through a sports scholarship? Education USA Have many valuable online events coming up. Please here for more information.

JOB SEARCH UPDATE

Australia Public Service
Australian Public Service have advertised for applications from Year 12 students interested in securing employment in 2022. There are many government departments that take on Year 12 graduates. Applications close 1 October. Click here for more information. For more information on ‘job growth areas’, please click here to watch an informative video.

South Australian Police – Year 12 Graduates
SA Police are actively recruiting both COVID Protective Security Officers and Police Officers. They are seeking fit and healthy individuals over 18 years old.

A career with South Australian Police can offer great pay, job diversity, career progress, flexibility and a supportive team environment.

Please be aware that the recruitment process for upcoming Year 12 graduates has begun. Please click here for more information. There are also pathways through COVID Protective Security Officers, please click here to read more.

If you wish to discuss this further, please contact 7322 3353, SAPOL Recruiting Section.

Woodville Hotel Part Time Staff:

Year 12 Accountancy Pathway
Year 12 students who are considering a career as an Accountant should email Ms Coorey ASAP as there is a wonderful opportunity to work and study with an old scholar’s dynamic new business.

Western Technical College
A reminder to keep an eye on the Western Technical College ‘Jobs Board’ as many employers are contacting the College for possible apprenticeships and this is where they will be listed. This week there are opportunities in hairdressing, carpentry and metals engineering.

Click here to view the board.

UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE VETERINARY AND ANIMAL SCIENCES

Key insights will be provided into animal behaviour, animal science and veterinary technology degrees, and discussions on how you can become a vet through University of Adelaide’s veterinary program. Register here.

HOLIDAY REVISION COURSES

We do not encourage promote or endorse any external revision programs as we believe there is plenty of resources and support here at the College. We provide the following links to external revision programs for a family’s own assessment and consideration:

Adelaide University Year 12 Revision, click here
Adelaide Tuition Centre Seminars,
click here
Adelaide Education Group Spring Revision Seminars, click here
Year 12 Accounting – If you are interested in a special free UniSA Exam Revision, there is a session being held on Saturday 23 October. Sessions will be delivered by UniSA’s teaching staff and is supported by the Business & Enterprise Teachers Association of SA Inc. Register here.

UCAT PREPARATION

Fraser’s UCAT Preparation are offering students an opportunity to attend their upcoming free workshop on 26 September. Please click the links below to register. The full-day workshop will include:

For more information about Fraser’s UCAT upcoming sessions, please email rishabh.goyal@frasersucat.com.au and click here to visit the website.

Ms Rose Coorey and Mr Anthony Vizaniaris, Careers Counsellors

Co-curricular

CO-ED CUP ATHLETICS CARNIVAL

On Friday, 17 September, St Michael’s College participated in the Co-Ed Cup Athletics Carnival against several Co-education schools at SA Athletics Stadium. The event is based on participation and having a go at as many events as students were allowed to compete in an unlimited number of events, with students competing in up to six events each on the day.

All students competed fantastically on the day, with many achieving some amazing results. Congratulations to Lachlan Sands (9BPC-06), who broke a carnival record in the Under 14 400m (54.19) and Under 14 long jump (6.1m) and Cooper Raftery (7BPC-06), who broke the carnival record in the Under 13 Triple Jump (11.07m).

Well done to the following students who won their events:

Anelise Bewry (7GPC-05) – Under 13 200m

Nicholas Boeyen (11PC-02) – Under 16 High Jump

James Bowling (8BPC-02) – Under 14 1500m and Under 14 800m

Michael Moschou (11PC-01) – Open 100m, Open 200m, Open 400m

Zahlia Niemann (8GPC-01) – Under 14 Shot Put

Erin O’Shea (8GPC-03) – Under 14 Long Jump

Cooper Raftery (7BPC-06) – Under 13 Triple Jump, Under 13 80m Hurdles, Under 13 Long Jump, and Under 13 High Jump

Lachlan Sands (9BPC-06) – Under 14 100m, Under 14 200m, Under 14 400m, and Under 14 Long Jump

Thanks to students who participated with great spirit on the day, those who assisted with running events, and old scholars for officiating.

Mr Jordan Young, Secondary Co-curricular Coordinator

ATHLETICS

The following students competed in the SAPSASA State Championships on Tuesday, 21 September, for the Airport District Athletics Team. The Airport team were overall metro winners for the day.

The following students achieved individual and relay results at the finals:

Anelise Bewry and Margarita Loriya –  U13 Girls 4 x 100m Relay Team – 1st place

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maeve Nicholas – U12 Girls 1500m – 8th place, U12 Girls 4 x 100m Relay Team – 3rd place

Jed Remphrey – U12 Boys 800m – 3rd place

Finn Spanagel – U12 Boys High Jump – equal 2nd place

Ellis Hoendervanger – U12 Boys 4 x 100m relay team – 1st place

Joshua Rositano – U13 Boys 200m – 8th place, U13 Boys High Jump – equal 1st place, U13 Boys 4 x 100m Relay Team 3rd place

Daniel Annese – U13 boys 800m – 7th place

Cooper Raftery – U13 Boys Long Jump – 1st place

Thomas Antoniadis – U13 Boys 4 x 100m Relay Team – 3rd place

Jessica Burton – U13 Girls 1500m – 8th place

Well done to all our Year 7 students who competed for the Airport District Athletics team.

Mrs Leanne Burton, Girls Co-curricular Officer – Secondary