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Term 3 Week 9 2021

From the Principal

Dear St Michael’s College,

Building Works

The College continues its commitment to facility development across both campuses. The student growth at Primary since moving to a co-educational model has demanded that we commence the Stage 2 building program earlier than previously planned. Planning will commence in Term 4 to construct a purpose built Performing Arts and Music Centre at the Secondary Campus. Further details of this project will be provided in due course.

The Stage 2 Primary Campus build will include three new classrooms upstairs as well as the refurbishment of current Year 2, 3 and 4 classrooms. Improving and increasing toilet facilities at the campus is a priority. This will include extra male and female toilets in Founders Hall, and new male and female toilets next to the southern building. The demand for Music and Performing Arts continue to grow and this facility will be developed in the old hall next to our new Art Centre. It will comprise of a Music Room and a Dance/Drama Room which will be able to be opened into a smaller performance area. The facility will also include six individual Music rooms which will also allow for both individual tutoring and ensemble activities. Toilet facilities will be available in the area also.

Vocal Night

This week over 35 St Michael’s students performed in the Music Department’s “Vocal Night”. The night was a wonderful display of the talents and hard work of many of our voice students and groups and we congratulate all who performed. Many parents commented on the friendly and welcoming vibe in the room on the night, as well as acknowledging the amazing vocal performances. Thank you to our Director of Vocal Studies, Jess Bigg, for all her hard work, and thanks also to our voice teachers Kiah Lanagan and Rachel Coppen, and our amazing accompanist Jordan Goudy. Our thanks to Tim Donovan for organising this fantastic event.

Senior Football and Netball Presentation

I had the pleasure of recently attending the Senior Football and Netball Presentation held at the Lakes Hotel where the First and Second 18 Football Teams and the Open A1, Open A2 and Open B2 Netball Teams were recognised. The evening displayed the great comradery amongst our senior students and also individuals who excelled in each of the teams. First 18 coach and old scholar, Brett Ebert (2001) talked about how the 2000 State Knockout Cup win was one of his most memorable moments in football, “playing school footy with your school mates is the most enjoyable times in your life”.

Open A1 netball coach, Karen Watts, talked about how her group has created a culture for the years to come, showing a desire to win and work hard and also have fun, “netball has brought the community together through parents catching up every Saturday as well as the girls being able to be themselves and play their best, all being at different levels. We have some beautiful memories”.

We have been very fortunate this year to be able to continue our co-curricular program, unlike many other states in the country. Our thanks to Jordan Young and Leanne Burton for their tireless work in running a successful co-curricular program.

Kind regards,

Mr Damian Patton
Acting Principal

Weekly Communication and Important Dates

Weekly Communication and Important Dates


Mr Mohammed Chafic Hakim
Much loved grandfather of David Levett (Year 11).

Mrs Dorothy Forrest
Much loved Nonna of Imogen Hunt (Year 11).

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


24 September
De La Salle Day
End Term 3 Early Dismissal 12:45 pm

11 October
Classes resume for Term 4


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 device.
  • 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 here.

Should you require clarification of any matter pertaining to the school fee schedule, please do not hesitate to contact our fees staff at the secondary campus on 8356 5966 or via

Yours sincerely,

Mr Dominic LoBasso, Business Manager


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


The Uniform Shop are 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 the first day of Term 4, Monday 11 October.


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Primary Campus


On Monday 13 September to Wednesday 15 September, the Year 6 cohort participated in a camp facilitated by Active Education at She-Oak Run at Finniss. The camp had a combined focus on personal development, resilience, team work and most of all, enjoyment.

Whilst preparing for cold and wet weather, we were greeted by mostly sunshine and beautiful conditions (minus the mosquitos!) The students participated in a range of activities from problem solving challenges, raft building, water testing, kayaking and an initiative obstacle course just to name a few. Students engaged in a t-shirt design night identifying their own mantra whilst reflecting on gratitude and ‘The Resilience Project’. Student vs Teacher basketball was a hit in the free time as well as various card games such as Uno and a movie night.

The students behaviour and the way they represented the College during this camp was exemplary as was noted and recognised by the attending College staff and Active Ed instructors. The boys should be proud of what they achieved on the camp and look back on this with fond memories. It was a learning experience that will help prepare them for their transition to secondary schooling.

Mr Damian Basso and Mr Nathan Rose, Year 6 Teachers


It has been a busy, exciting and successful sporting season for all students involved at the Primary Campus. The Primary students have proudly represented our College in a number of Saturday morning and weekly competitions throughout the winter sporting season. In total, the Primary Campus fielded an incredible 26 sporting teams in addition to participating at various sporting carnivals throughout the semester including SAPSASA and Catholic Schools Athletics, Cross Country and Touch Football.

The Reception and Year 1 cohorts were also provided with opportunities to get active and involved in afterschool sporting clinics including soccer, Auskick and netball. These students showed tremendous growth and development during these clinics with participation numbers growing on a weekly basis. Soccer numbers reached as high as 65 students with the addition of our Lasallian Stars, Auskick had 42 keen footballers and we saw 15 students come together for an inaugural netball clinic. Congratulations to all the students involved, we look forward to the summer sports season.

Ms Annabel Lampard and Mr Dion Gazettas, Physical Education Teachers – Primary

Secondary Campus


The Year 12 Child Studies students were tasked with putting together a healthy eating lesson, incorporating a cooking element and theory activities, for a group of junior primary aged children. On Tuesday 14 September, 16 very enthusiastic Reception girls visited the Secondary Campus for a healthy eating immersion experience run by the Year 12 students. The girls excitedly helped to prepare a variety of healthy eating menu items, including healthy ice-cream, oat cookies and veggie sausage rolls which they were very eager to taste! The Receptions engaged in fun and educational children’s party activities which taught them all about healthy eating.

Ms Kimberley Schulze, Child Studies Teacher – Secondary


On Monday 13 September, a group of Year 10 to 12 students attended a breakfast event hosted by ‘Business Chicks’ where we listened to a presentation from Grace Tame. Grace is an Australian activist and advocate for survivors of sexual assault, and was named 2021 Australian of the Year on 25 January 2021.

Grace’s presentation was inspiring and thought-provoking and highlighted the need for policy change. The students were motivated by her story and they reflected on the importance of their voice in creating social change.

Grace is an incredible leader, she left us with a sense of empowerment and fire to change the world!” – Alice Kneebone (12PC-06)

“This event was a super eye-opening experience that broadened our understanding on the issue surrounding womens’ violence”. – Megan Dini (12PC-04) and Emma Kelly (12PC-05)

“Grace Tame’s advocacy for educating individuals continues to empower the lives of many. The breakfast we attended was very meaningful and a great experience to hear her tell her story”. – Mikayla Leventeris (12PC-08)

Ms Elli Nicola, Teacher – Secondary and Ms Bron Kemp, Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning – Secondary


Congratulations to the Senior Dance Performers in Stage 2 Dance and Cert 3 in Dance. The students created an amazing night of Dance for their audiences. Students excelled in Contemporary, Hip-Hop and Jazz routines and are one of the most polished ensembles we have had at the college.

Thank you to the parents and staff who supported the students by coming along, it makes all the difference to the students that they are supported by you.

Mrs Dani Caputo, Dance Coordinator – Secondary


Our Year 12 Art and Design class recently visited ‘Van Gogh Alive’, the most visited multi-sensory experience in the world. Students were able to appreciate the works of Van Gogh and gain a genuine appreciation for the context in which he created these extraordinary pieces. They returned to school with a renewed enthusiasm to complete their artistic studies at school.

Ms Sally Armour, Art & Design Teacher – Secondary


As the warmer months approach, in conjunction with the revised uniform policy, students may wear either the summer or the winter uniform over the last two weeks of Term 3 and the first two weeks of Term 2. Please note that the winter and summer uniforms cannot be combined.

The guidelines remain as follows:

Secondary Campus Uniform Guidelines 2021

Please take this time to check the fit of uniform and lengths of skirts, shorts and pants so that students can participate comfortably and in compliance with these guidelines.

Further information is available from the College website, or you may contact the relevant Year Level Director to clarify any concerns.

Mr Matthew Williams, Deputy Principal Pastoral – Secondary


On Tuesday 14 September, the Year 11 cohort attended the ‘Fatal 5’ Road Safety Education session facilitated by the South Australian Police.

The SAPOL Road Safety Initiative is a leader in road safety education and contributes to a reduction in the frequency and severity of road trauma in South Australia. The Road Safety session outlined rules, laws and regulations around young people and driving, as well as highlighting ways in which our students can both remain safe on our roads, and minimise risk. The presentation had a particular focus on the five fatal causes of road trauma on South Australian roads:

  • Drink and drug driving
  • Speeding
  • Distraction
  • Lack of seatbelt use
  • Dangerous road users

The session provided the Year 11s with an understanding of the consequences of their choices on our roads.

Ms Anna Porcelli, Year 11 Director


Thank you to all students and staff who purchased a ticket and contributed to our Wellbeing Week raffle. The funds raised from the raffle will be donated to Kids Helpline. Congratulations to Kobe Burt (12PC-06) and Tamara Bone (7GPC-01) who were the lucky winners!


Week 9: Teamwork

As people we are social beings whose lives, in all aspects, benefit from teamwork. From raising children (as highlighted by the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child”), to our lives at home, and as we know, teamwork is also critical in the workplace.

Cooperation, put simply, allows us to reach solutions we cannot reach alone. It reflects the famous Helen Keller quote, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much”.

At St Michael’s we see the results of teamwork each day. We see ongoing teamwork evolve in the Eco Garden, especially now that it is blossoming with spring – have you seen it lately? And of course, in the classroom and a range of cocurricular activities that enable our students to grow to be the learners and leaders of the world.

Last week we saw Wellbeing Week unfold and encircle the St Michael’s Community in a warm and colourful cloak of positive emotions; it truly was teamwork in action. From students to staff, everyone was on board to create a set of diverse and engaging opportunities for the whole community to enjoy and unite in.

Students smiled as they wrote on the Gratitude Wall, while others smiled as they read the comments in fluorescent colour; they cooed over the baby animals in the petting zoo, and those who attended the LEC auditorium were mesmerised by the screening of Soul; they savoured the treats that came their way in the form of a special egg and bacon breakfast at Breakfast Club, zooper doopers, or donuts at recess or lunch, and they engaged with zest and enthusiasm in sporting competitions. They sang with verve as they participated in Karaoke, and on Thursday, RUOK? Day, they were enabled to contribute to a purpose larger than all of us in raising awareness and funds for Kids Helpline and Headspace, as we celebrated Warming Minds, Warming Hearts Day. Despite the beautiful spring weather, many students wore colourful socks, scarves, and beanies to support the day!

Another great example of teamwork has been evident in the follow up to the Devices Presentation earlier this year. A dedicated team of students and staff who have since met twice now in addition to the original presentation, are working towards promoting better habits for our health where devices are concerned. Two of the three meetings have occurred during lunchtime, demonstrating the team’s commitment! Their leadership and creativity in designing innovative ideas and strategies has been the fruit of their ability and willingness to work as a team. At our last meeting, Communications and Community Relations staff were left very impressed by the team’s commitment and ability to work across year levels as Year 7-12 students and a number of staff have continued to be involved!

Wild Wednesday lunch this week allowed students to view an application of teamwork that many of us probably did not grow up with: the field of Esports. Special guests, Year 12 students Ethan Golding, Nicolas Andresakis and Mathew Zito, spoke to students in Year 7 and 9 about their commitment to the competition in this sport and their perseverance that led to their win across South Australia! The winning team also spoke about the leadership that Mr Fleetwood has shown in this relatively new sport and how important his support and encouragement has been to their success.

This week, with the goodwill of students and staff, the Health and PE Faculty have also coordinated and led an amazing PE Week with an enormous range of activities on offer for students over the course of the week, and no end to the excitement of challenge they posed!

It’s evident that our community really is blessed by these opportunities, with teamwork at their core. Through these examples we see that teamwork is alive and well at St Michael’s. It inspires us towards stronger creativity and solution seeking and it energises and helps us towards developing stronger wellbeing in ourselves and those whose lives we touch!

Teamwork, as John C Maxwell said, makes the dream work!

Enjoy your weekend!

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


Planning is well underway for the 2022 academic year. At this time, our communication is in relation to Pastoral Care class placement for the new year. We are writing to you to see if there are any academic or social considerations which you think we need to take into account before placing your child in a Pastoral Care class for 2022.

Prior to the end of term (Friday 24 September), if there is any information that you would like to make us aware of, please send an email through to you son or daughter’s present Year Level Director. When an email is received, confirmation of receipt will be sent back to you. If this is not received, please make contact again to ensure your considerations have been received.

Emails can be sent through to:

Year 7 students – Mr Aldo Calo
Year 8 students – Mr Paul Flaherty
Year 9 students – Mr Brent Parfrey

Over the coming week, students will be given an opportunity to provide some names of students that they would like to be with next year. This, along with the needs of all students will be taken into consideration when Pastoral Care staff work together to form classes for the new year.

If there are families considering moving from our community in 2022, it is important that a term’s notice is given to avoid financial penalties. Please be in contact with the school registrar if this is relevant to your situation.

Mr Aldo Calo, Year 7 Director, Mr Paul Flaherty, Year 8 Director and Mr Brent Parfrey, Year 9 Director

Careers & VET Services


On Thursday 16 September, a SEQTA message was sent to all Year 12 students with some important reminders. Please ensure you read this message and share the information with your parents/caregivers. Students need to be aware that whilst the SATAC university application deadline falls in the holidays on 30 September, there is only effectively four school days left to make an appointment and get help if required. Students are asked to visit the LEC Main Desk to make an appointment.


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.



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”.


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.


Tuesday 21 September 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm 

This is an online opportunity for parents, caregivers and families of high school students to meet experts from the Domestic Recruitment Team at The University of Adelaide and hear information about future tertiary applications.

At this 2021 Parent Information Session you will be able to hear about degree choices, SATAC procedures, timelines, support services, accommodation, and everything else that is involved in the lead up to life at university. There will also be a chance for you to ask questions or discuss anything else that they might be able to help with. Click here to access the zoom link.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.

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


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.


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.


Free Webinar, Tuesday 5 October 4:30 – 6:00 pm AEST

This event will give attendees an opportunity to start shaping their future careers – the focus will be on developing a global mindset and how they can start building future skills now.

What to expect:

  • Welcome and icebreaker
  • EY and the Future of Work – overview of EY and introduction to the Future of Work
  • Mindset over skillset – demonstrating the importance of mindset over skillset, how to develop a global mindset, and the importance of diversity within teams
  • Career Conversations – EY professionals will talk about their journey from high school to uni and then to EY. They will provide an overview of the work they do. Students will also have the opportunity to ask questions
  • Getting future ready – Overview of future EY programs on offer to students and how/when to apply for these.

Click here to register.


A SEQTA direct message was sent to all Year 10 and Year 11 students and parents alerting them to the very timely information accessible on the SEQTA Black Green Careers and VET tile: Important Information: Careers Presentations: 2021 Medicine Dentistry and Oral Health handout. There may even be interested Year 9 students who wish to check this out. We have asked any students who are interested in being added to an email distribution list for future updates to email We ask that students email and not parents on students’ behalf. We always try and encourage self management in terms of Career Planning.


This week, in addition to all the information on the handout placed on the Careers and VET tile on SEQTA, we have heard from many UCAT Preparation companies with upcoming sessions. We remind families that UCAT ANZ and the participating universities do not recommend or endorse any UCAT preparation courses or tutoring as they believe there is enough free revision information available on the UCAT Website.


Considering a career in Medicine or Dentistry Oral Health? UCAT, Interviews, Med School Applications, and Pathways into Medicine and Dentistry will all be covered in a free webinar held on 11 October 2021 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (AEST). Click here to register.


iCanMed are running a free two hour after school webinar about the UCAT, interviews and medical school selection process for Year 10 and 11 students from Westminster School and St Michael’s College.

The webinar will run from 4:30 pm on Tuesday 21 of September. Please click here to register ASAP and for more information regarding the session. 

iCanMed also provide a free resource for students and parents/caregivers.


Over the past 10 years, Fraser’s has supported students pursuing the undergraduate and postgraduate pathways to Medicine & Dentistry with customised tutoring and resources. 

In early preparation for 2022 UCAT, they are partnering with schools to help expose Year 9 to 12 students to the key concepts tested in the UCAT. They offer a range of free events throughout the year to help students optimise their studies. 

They are offering students an opportunity to attend their upcoming free workshop on 26 September. The full-day workshop will include: 

  • Medical pathways seminar
  • UCAT-intensive workshop
  • Balancing UCAT + ATAR seminar

For more information about Fraser’s UCAT upcoming session, please email and click here to visit the website.

Ms Rose Coorey and Mr Anthony Vizaniaris, Careers Counsellors



Congratulations to our Year 7 Girls Football Team who won the Knockout Grand Final against Tatachilla Lutheran College at Goodwood Oval on Monday 14 September.

Right from the first bounce, the St Michael’s midfield brought the intensity, crashing through packs and getting the ball moving on a very large oval. The play flowed back and forth with both teams having strong skills to move the ball but our defense held up well, being disciplined to stick to their player and only allowing one behind. We were able to capitalise on our forward 50 entries kicking three goals in the first quarter through our team focus on keeping width and leading to space.

Tatachilla tried to apply pressure through strong tackles and tagging some of our dominant players but our depth of talent across the entire field continued to dominate, each quarter kicking a few more goals and solidifying our lead and taking out the win. Across the rounds many different players contributed to our final win and I would like to thank all players for their dedication to training and the amazing improvements they have made.

Ms Tess Morcom, Design and Technology Teacher