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Term 4 Week 6 2021

From the Principal

Dear St Michael’s College Community,

Gandel Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education

Recently, the Gandel Foundation announced that the 2021 recipient of the Gandel Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education to be our very own Stacey Moros. We congratulate Stacey on this wonderful achievement and thank her for her passion and commitment. Below is the formal announcement from the Gandel Foundation:

Stacey Moros, Head of History at St Michael’s College in Adelaide, has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 Gandel Award for Excellence in Holocaust Education (Gandel Award). The Gandel Award aims to recognise outstanding efforts of alumni of the Gandel Holocaust Studies Program in delivering Holocaust education in their schools and in the wider community. Stacey completed the Gandel Program in 2014, when she was a teacher at Tatachilla Lutheran College, and she continued implementing a range of Holocaust education initiatives ever since.

The Gandel Award was established in May 2019 during the inaugural Gandel Holocaust Education Conference held in Melbourne and is awarded annually. The award consists of a framed certificate and a $5,000 donation to be used for educational purposes. The winning teacher can use funds in school – or the broader school community – for Holocaust-related initiatives, to continue building the awareness and preserving the memory of the Holocaust and the lessons it holds for today.

On hearing the news, announced during an online Holocaust study session organised by Gandel Foundation, Yad Vashem and Adelaide and Peth Holocaust Museums, Stacey said she was ‘shocked and humbled’ by the announcement. “I am so proud. Holocaust education has definitely been my passion and I feel a strong sense of duty to teach my students about the dangers of prejudice and hate. I am so grateful to have been given this amazing opportunity to study at Yad Vashem as part of the Gandel Holocaust Studies Program back in 2014. Thanks to the Gandel Foundation for their continued generosity in supporting Holocaust education in Australia,” said Ms Moros.

CEO of Gandel Foundation, Vedran Drakulic OAM said Ms Moros was an outstanding educator. “Stacey has been involved in a broad range of Holocaust education initiatives both in her school and more broadly. She is also a regular presenter at the History Teachers Association conferences, delivering workshops on Holocaust pedagogy, and she was also involved at the Gandel Holocaust Conference in 2019. She is definitely a most-worthy recipient”, added Mr Drakulic.

Stacy’s citation notes that she received the Gandel Award “in recognition of her continuous and broad-ranging efforts in promoting, developing and delivering Holocaust education activities and initiatives”.

Well done Stacey!

International Men’s Day

International Men’s Day for 2021 is celebrated on Friday 19 November. Thank you to the group of Year 8 and 10 students, including Gianni, Ruben and Luis who have worked with staff to raise awareness of the day, to Jo at the Primary campus for her kind gifts of recognition and to those involved in recent men’s health events, including Halle and Mr Spencer. The IMD group identify the main objectives of International Men’s Day to be:

  • Valuing male role models
  • Acknowledging the contribution of men and boys
  • Improving male health
  • Tackling discrimination and disadvantage
  • Fostering positive gender relations
  • Making the world a safer place for everyone


An inspiring speech by Year 11 student Halle Rigney, whose family has been personally impacted by cancer, motivated the Year 11 cohort to get involved in ‘Make a Move’, a Movember initiative where people ‘move’ 60km over the month of November. That’s 60km for the 60 men we lose to suicide each hour, every hour across the world. The campaign saw a combination of Year 11 students and staff who walked or ran 1km over the course of the day, accumulating to 156km. The event cultivated a collegial spirit between the Year 11 cohort and staff to change the face of men’s health. If you would like to donate, you can access the donation link here. This will be live until the end of November.

Kind regards,

John Foley

Weekly Communication and Important Dates

Weekly Communication and Important Dates


Mr Russell Ebert
Much loved father of Brett Ebert (2001), uncle to Bradley Ebert (2007) and Ashleigh Ebert (2009), and grandfather to Albert Ebert (Year 9).

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


23 – 26 November
Year 10 Exams

30 November
Pulse 13 Musical Showcase – click here to purchase tickets

1 December
Boardies Day (Secondary Campus) – gold coin donation Surf Life Saving SA Fundraiser

3 December
Classes conclude for 2021
Primary dismissal – 12:40pm
Secondary dismissal – 12:45pm


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Primary Campus


On Thursday 11 November, Reception and Year 1 classes participated in a pizza making lesson.

This term our three Reception classes have been learning about Italy, and its food and culture. We’ve travelled through Venice, the city surrounded by water, Florence to find the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Rome where the famous Colosseum is found, and have enjoyed cooking lessons making the two most popular Italian foods, pasta, and pizza.

Students enjoyed topping their own pizzas with pomodoro (tomato sauce) and formaggio (cheese). I would like to thank Lucia’s Pizza & Spaghetti Bar in the Adelaide Central Market for kindly donating the pizza sauce, it was delicious!

We hope you enjoy our photos as much as we enjoyed being a part of the lesson and eating the pizza!

Signora Giulietta Saraceno, Italian Teacher – Primary


This year St Michael’s Primary joined 195 schools in South Australia and over 63,000 students to celebrate Physical Education Week. The week’s purpose is to promote and highlight the importance of Health and Physical Education in the Australian Curriculum and the learning and development of children and young people.

Students celebrated with a different themed activity each day. We had a health hustle for ‘Movement Monday’, an Olympic quiz for ‘Tokyo Tuesday’, a yoga session for ‘Wellbeing Wednesday’, a tennis challenge on ‘Target Thursday’, and lastly a fundamental skills course for ‘Fundamental Friday’.

We are so pleased with how many students got involved with these activities and congratulate both 2B and 4B on winning the Tokyo Tuesday quiz. Stay active!

Miss Annabel Lampard and Mr Dion Gazzettas, Physical Education Teachers – Primary


On Tuesday 16 November, the Primary Campus was visited by two AFLW Crows stars, Sarah Allen and Jas Simmons. Sarah and Jas ran a female football clinic with the 16 inaugural Reception girls and their Year 8 buddies from the Secondary Campus. The girls worked out that they had lots in common, just as Sarah and Jas were pioneers in woman’s football, our Reception girls are pioneers for all the female students to come through Primary. The girl’s enjoyed hearing Sarah and Jas’s stories and then had a fabulous time getting tips and tricks for their football skills before having a big game to finish.

We are so excited about how many options our female students now have within the AFL community and spotted a few future AFLW stars! #girlsrule

Miss Annabel Lampard, Pastoral Care Teacher – Primary


This term our Year 4s and their Reception buddies have been super busy in Chol’s garden. Our new garden has not disappointed us, producing loads of carrots, beetroot, potatoes, snow peas and spinach. The best part of gardening has been eating what we have grown, you can’t beat the taste of freshly picked organic carrots and snow peas that’s for sure!

As well as picking and eating, we have grown all our own seedlings and have been busy planting tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, and corn which will be ready after the holidays.

Mrs Robyn Palmer, Sustainability Officer


On Wednesday 17 November, Year 3 Art students were busy finishing their vintage transport posters and were then required to make a 3D design of their chosen transport object in ‘Makers Empire’. Using the new AR (Augmented Reality) update, they captured a photograph of themselves with their designs using the green screen as a background.

Green Screen by Do Ink makes it easy to create incredible green screen videos and images right on an iPad or iPhone. The app lets you combine photos and videos from the camera roll with live images from your iPad or iPhone’s camera. Jimmy is seen here riding his Vesper scooter outside the Colosseum!

Mrs Kate Tyrwhitt, Art & Design Teacher – Primary

Secondary Campus


On Monday 15 November, two Year 3 classes from the Primary Campus visited the Secondary Campus to participate in a hands-on activity day with the Year 10 Hospitality class. It was a fun-filled day that built on the connection of both campuses coming together with the senior students supporting their younger peers. Students participated in three activity sessions over the course of the day which included cooking, a design and technology activity, as well as garden activities.

In the Design and Technology activity, Year 3 students engaged in the production of a laser cut money box as part of an introductory to technology. Students used their problem-solving ability to piece the boxes together and finally, with the use of glue, assembled the finish product. Students found it challenging but rewarding with all successfully completing the task. Big smiles all round!

In the cooking session led by the Year 10 Hospitality class, Year 3 students produced Christmas cookies. Showcasing their skills from the cooking program at the Primary Campus, Year 3 students weighed and measured ingredients, rolled biscuit dough, and cut out Christmas shapes before they were baked in the oven. The biscuits will then be decorated at the Primary Campus. Year 3 students loved our Secondary kitchen space and look forward to continuing their cooking programs.

The garden activities involved a whole range of wonderful hands-on tasks with the creations made now used in the Secondary Campus vegetable garden. Year 3 students, with the assistance of the Year 10s, completed the following activities: filling tubes for Trees for Life, building tomato climbing structures, painting old pots, making terrariums out of old teacups, making origami seed packets, and building an insect hotel.

It was an engaging and fun day had by all and we look forward to more days and activities connecting both campuses.

Ms Liesel Dunstan, Food Technologies Teacher – Secondary


On Wednesday 10 November, the Stage 1 Legal Studies class visited the Adelaide Magistrates Court and Sir Samuel Way building as part of their study of the justice system. Students also toured the Old Adelaide Gaol.

The day added to their knowledge of how justice in Australia has changed over time and how court procedures continue to hold some old traditions today. Watching trials in both courts allowed students to reflect on their own mock trial presentations as part of their studies this year. It was a great and insightful day had by all.

Ms Elli Nicola, Teacher – Secondary


Last month, Year 9 students took part in the Laudato Si’ retreat which aimed to make closer connections between the students and the natural environment. Blessed with beaches close by, we had planned a pilgrimage where students explored the outdoors walking from station to station. However, the beauty of earth’s thunderstorms meant that it was safer for us to run the sessions here at the College and the students adapted well to the changes.

Laudato Si’ is the second encyclical of Pope Francis. The encyclical has the subtitle ‘care for our common home’. In it, the Pope critiques consumerism and irresponsible development, laments environmental degradation and global warming, and calls all people of the world to take ‘swift and unified global action’. With this in mind, students visited different parts of the College to participate in a variety of activities and presentations that highlighted the urgency of looking after our planet and the need for all of us to be aware and take action. Please read the following reflections written by Year 9 students:

“I came away with the message that we need to take care of our earth due to different issues such as climate change, pollution in the oceans and the fact that there have been major extinctions of animal species. My favourite session was making the poster that allowed me to create my own motto and visual image of changes we can make. I created a picture of earth being held within two hands that signified that we need to be gentle with the earth and not be harsh when using its resources”. – Gemma Camozzato (9GPC-04)

“I believe that the Laudato Si` message is about the earth, how to take care of it and being aware that we only have one. Drawing the posters allowed us to visually display our own interpretation and our thoughts on Laudato Si` and I really enjoyed being creative. It was interesting to hear Mr Kitschke’s stories of sinking islands and the coral bleaching of the Barrier Reef. Mr Smith also introduced us to how our lakes are natural water resources but they are slowly drying up because of global warming. There was a strong message to look after our planet because some things we can’t get back”. – Sofia Perkovic (9GPC-03) 

“I came away with a lot more knowledge about the environment, the issues we have caused and how we can fix them. Mrs Puglia and Mr Dempsey taught us about the connection between religion and the environment. We brought to our session with Mrs Puglia, different pieces of nature such as leaves, rocks, water, and dirt to symbolise the coming together of all the different parts of Adelaide. I was able to express my stance on these issues in our poster session through a creative format where I made my own symbolic representation of what I had learnt”. – Samuel Jarvis (GBPC-02)

Mrs Anna Haracic, Year 9 Assistant Director, Mr Brent Parfrey, Year 9 Director, and Mr Robert Dempsey, Director of Mission


As the year comes to a close, Year 7 and 8 classes are busily gathering items for donations to St Vincent de Paul for Christmas Hampers.

Any food donations will be greatly appreciated. We thank the St Michael’s Community for their kindness and generosity of spirit in bringing hope and gratitude into the homes of many families.

Year 7 and 8 Pastoral Teams


Week 6: Gratitude

Last week I compared kindness to a vaccine because we can consider that kindness does help protect us against choices that can hurt or offend. Most of us are familiar with the triple antigen vaccine. Gratitude is a bit like this – like the second component of the triple antigen-protecting us against choices that can hurt or offend! The third one is coming next week!

As the second of this important trio, gratitude helps us to build stronger relationships with other people – to know, value and care for them. This makes all of us happier. Science tells us that when we are grateful, we become more willing to help others and to overcome hurt, which helps us all get along better, and it enhances our wellbeing too!

When people are grateful to us it also helps us to feel valued; and we all like to feel valued. It’s important to us as people as it helps validate our purpose. Most of us are quite grateful, but we can sometimes overlook thanking those who have had the biggest impact on our lives. Research tells us that thanking those we are most grateful to and explaining what we are grateful for, is one of the best ways to ‘grow’ happiness – theirs and ours.

Unfortunately, at times when things don’t go our way, it’s easy for us to fall into the pitfall of focusing on the negative, and it can consume us and be very damaging to our wellbeing. Our inbuilt ‘negativity bias’ takes care of this to some degree. But it’s harder for us to fall into this trap when we train our brains and look at life through the lens of gratitude. Give it a try!

On Monday morning in Chapel, Mr De Silva and his Year 8 class led the way with gratitude. Mr De Silva stood in front of the year level and personally and publicly thanked some of his class members who make a difference to the whole class before the presentation began. The icing on the cake was a short animation which focused on the way gratitude can transform us. You might like to view the clip here.

On Wednesday, Year 9 Mass also inspired gratitude as its theme, and it was wonderful to see the great work Year 9 had done in raising awareness for Laudato Si’ and collecting bread tags towards wheelchairs!

This week, as we catapult towards the Christmas season and the end of the year, classes are encouraged to really stop and think about what and who they are grateful for, and to take action to personally thank that person for making a difference to their life. When I visited classes embarking on this challenge, students seemed happy and eager to take the leap. Who knows what magic will unfold?

They say it takes 21 days to change a habit for the better. Enlighten Education, a wonderful organisation which works with our students in Year 7 to 9, offers a challenge to enhance our gratitude here.

I hope that the gratitude we savour and the kindness we share brings us all warmth and a smile this week!

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

  • Students should be ready to enter the exam room 15 minutes before the starting time. Please assemble in the adjacent courtyard; for example, for all morning exams, please assemble by 8:40am, sign the attendance sheet outside the room and you will be directed from there.
  • Students are not to enter the exam room until invited to do so.
  • Students are to ensure that all the necessary equipment has been obtained for the exam. NO borrowing will be permitted. NO pencil cases allowed.
  • Where the exam is undertaken in electronic format, students are responsible for ensuring their laptop is fully charged and updated and wired headphones only are used if required (check requirements with Subject Teacher).
  • Students plagiarising will have their paper cancelled. However, the exam must be completed. Final assessment will be adversely affected.
  • No student will be permitted to leave the exam room before the appointed finishing time.
  • The allowance for reading time varies depending upon the particular exam. Students must listen carefully to instructions from the invigilator regarding reading time. All notes must be written on the sheet supplied ONLY. Before the exam, consideration should be given as to how best to use this time. Check with teachers if uncertain.
  • If a student is ill and unable to attend, a phone call must be made to Mr O’Reilly, ideally prior to the commencement of the exam.
  • Full College uniform is required for all exams, including compliance with the Uniform Code.
  • Students are encouraged to bring a dictionary into the examination room, but only unmarked dictionaries are to be used.
  • Students will not be required for formal lessons during the exam week. Instead, private study should take place at home.
  • Graphic calculators need to be cleared for subjects other than Mathematics.
  • For online exams students will need to clear their laptops of any unnecessary files, undertake a complete shutdown, and restart the night before the exam to avoid being disrupted by updates, and ensure their laptops are fully charged.
  • Mobile phones are NOT permitted. Teachers will not be responsible for these during the examination period.

Careers and VET Services


SATAC and SACE Information
Students need to have successfully logged in to the ‘SACE students online account’ and reset the password, if required. You must know all login details to access your SATAC account if applying for university and or TAFESA. The SACE website will shut down soon and won’t reopen until the results release day of Monday 13 December. It is very important for students to check login details ASAP as this may result in a delay in accessing information come results day.

Please read through the following important information:

  • For SACE results general information please click here.
  • For student login information please click here.
  • If you need to notify SACE and SATAC of a change of address, please do so this week.
  • If you are having ongoing problems with logging in, password reset etc. prior to results day, please contact the SACE board on 8115 4900 or email

This coming Tuesday we will be emailing an extensive final careers newsletter to all Year 12 students. If you have not provided a private email address we ask that you email a Careers Counsellor in the next few days with this.

Wednesday 1 December is the final day to pay for your SATAC application and uploaded all necessary information. It is also the day that some courses ,which are flagged in red, may close and not allow an addition to preferences later on with equal consideration.

Year 12 Job Offers
Year 12 students were emailed during the week with news of many job offers. The role at Metro Conveyancing is a great opportunity. If you are interested in this job, please email your cover letter and resume by the end of this week to


Please click here to access information about a free online course focusing on Data Literacy. Students who complete this will receive a MicroCredential Digital Badge that can be added to a resume.


The College has been contacted by KFC Fulham and West Lakes as they are currently recruiting. Please click here for more information.


Whilst our Year 11 students are well prepared for success as they enter into Year 12, some students may like to consider extra preparation though private tuition companies As such, we provide the links below for your own assessment. Different companies offer a variety of subjects and some provide specific study skill courses, with most offering an early bird discount. We supply the links for your families own consideration.


The National Disability Insurance Agency would like to invite SA/NT students with a disability in Years 10 to 12, as well as their parents/carergivers and education professionals to attend a virtual information session on building skills and paving a pathway to post-school life.

This session will provide an opportunity to discuss NDIS-funded supports and other assistance to help young people to build skills to prepare for their transition, and to support them in the achievement of their employment and other goals, post-school.

The session is online and will be held on Tuesday 23 November 2021, from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. For more information, please click here.


Applications are now open for students who want to be a part of the National Youth Science Forum in 2022.

The NYSF Year 12 program offers an exciting range of in-person and digital science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experiences for participants across Australia. If you’re a Year 11 student and passionate about STEM, please apply now!

The program will run for 12 days from 10 to 25 January 2022. It will be delivered as a mixed-mode experience – a combination of in-person and digital events. For those who choose not to or who are unable to attend the in-person visits, there will be a range of digital STEM visits across the week. Their digital program has the ability to feature a vast array of speakers from Australia and around the world and will feature STEM experts from many of the in-person locations and beyond.

Applications are open until 30 November. To find out more and apply, please click here.


For information regarding exciting TAFESA short course options in the holidays here.

Mrs Rose Coorey and Mr Anthony Vizaniaris, Careers Counsellors


click here to view fixtures & results


Saturday 13 November was the final round of senior girls’ sport for Term 4 with some of our Year 12 girls playing their last game of Touch Football for the College. Special mention to Paige Minagall and Megan Dini who have played Touch Football all 5 years that they have been at the College. The Senior B team had a reasonable season and the Senior C girls either won or drew all their matches this term.

The Senior C Volleyball team also played their last match for the year with the team made up of Year 10 girls who hadn’t played much volleyball together but managed a win during the term.

The Senior A Water Polo team had a great term but only played three games, winning two out of three.

Our Senior B2 Basketball team struggled for numbers of players this term but tried their best and managed two wins out of five games.

Well done to everyone that participated in Term 4 sport. We hope to see you back for 2022 and wish the Year 12 girls all the best for the future.

Mrs Leanne Burton, Girls Co-curricular Officer – Secondary