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Term 4 Week 3&4

From the Principal

Remembrance Day

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Lest we forget

Our Remembrance Day Commemorations, held at both the Primary and Secondary Campuses today, helped us to understand our history as a nation and who we are as a people.

So many of our young men and women never returned to their families, their friends and to a future that they deserved from the battles of conflict … and so many others returned but would never be the same again. Those who did return, had a simple message, that we must remember the fallen, and that we must always work as a nation to avoid war at all costs. This is a message that was relevant then, and with conflict still occurring throughout our world, is a message that remains so very relevant today.

At the Primary Campus, Remembrance Day was commemorated slightly differently this year as the day coincided with a whole school assembly where we celebrated students who had taken opportunities to extend themselves in sport and the arts. It was a celebration of our freedom to learn.

The students of 5M then guided us through a Remembrance liturgy that incorporated the traditional aspects of Remembrance services with a reading of The Ode, The Last Post and a minute’s silence followed by the Rouse.

Across the Primary campus during lessons this week, students have been analysing The Ode, making poppies, reading stories, and researching the history of this special day. Today, each student wore a poppy that they had created. The Lasallian STARS had gone one step further and created a poppy garden for display on the stage and in the reception area of the Primary campus so that “everyone can remember the importance of poppies.”

We were fortunate to have the Hon Mr Joe Szakacs, Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services and Labor MP for Cheltenham, in attendance for this occasion.

Most importantly today we were all reminded that we have both the freedom and the opportunity to explore who we are and develop our talents thanks to those who had gone before us and made the ultimate sacrifice.

Secondary staff and students also made special mention of the thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, who for so many years, went unrecognised during conflicts and paid the ultimate price with their lives.

At the secondary service, our Cadets formed a ‘catafalque’ around our ceremonial cross. In Australia, a catafalque party acts as sentries for the memorial or cenotaph during annual ANZAC and Remembrance Day commemorations.

Old Scholar, Alana Parisotto (Class of 2020), played a stirring rendition of The Last Post. In the military, The Last Post traditionally marks the end of the working day. The Last Post is a bugle call played during commemorative ceremonies to serve as a tribute to the dead.

As a College community we remembered today, with thanksgiving, those who made the supreme sacrifice for us in times of war. We pray that the offering of their lives may not have been in vain. We also dedicate ourselves to the cause of justice, freedom and peace; and for the wisdom and strength to build a better world.

Mr Damian Patton, Acting Principal

Weekly Communication and Important Dates

Years 10 and 11 Exams

Below is information regarding upcoming exams for students in Years 10 and 11. Students are requested to also note and carefully read the Student Protocols & Responsibilities.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the College.

YEAR 10 AND 11 EXAM PROTOCOLS & 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 plagiarizing will have their paper cancelled. However, the Exam must be completed. Obviously 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.

 

Year 11 Exam Timetable 

Year 10 Exam Timetable 

Lynda White, Senior Administration, Curriculum and Assessment 

Primary Campus

Reception Cleland Wildlife Park Excursion

On Wednesday the 26th of October the Reception students headed out on an adventure to Cleland Wildlife Park for our science excursion. In Term 2, students engaged in the inquiry unit ‘It’s Alive and I know why’. This Inquiry unit allowed us to explore and learn all about Australian animals, their habitats and their needs for survival. We had an education talk where we came face to face with mammals, amphibians and reptiles (including a snake!). On our adventure the children had the opportunity to feed and pat kangaroos, wallabies, emus and koalas. We even saw some baby joeys in their mother’s pouch. There were a few snores on the way home after a fun filled day.

Ms Madeline Cole, Ms Cathie Gaffney, Ms Vanessa Morelli and Ms Ashleigh Behrendt, Reception Teachers 

Year 1 Excursion to Sprout Cooking School

On Thursday the 20th of October, the Year 1 students visited Sprout Cooking School for an excursion. During our session, we cooked a fresh, seasonal and healthy apple salad with meatballs, from scratch, using proper equipment and all by ourselves! At Sprout, we gained skills which can be transferred to cooking back at school, home and beyond.

We had a great time at Sprout Cooking School. Here is what some of our Year 1s had to say about the day:

“My favourite part about Sprout was learning a new meal to cook at home with my family.” – Ivy A

“I enjoyed making the flat bread and eating the food!” – Isaac G

“My favourite part was cooking the meatballs.” – Annalise C

“I love cooking because it’s fun and we get to eat after.” – Indi F

“Sprout was fun because we learnt to roll the meatballs into a sphere and make sure they were all the same size.” – Aahaan V

Ms Billie Tanner, Year 1 Teacher 

Earth Day

How can we make learning how to care for the planet fun?

Congratulations to our eight Youth Environmental Leaders who saw a problem and  took up the challenge. These trailblazers instigated our very first Earth Day on Thursday last week. Incidentally, it was also Outdoor Classroom Day so many classes took the learning outside for lots of subjects. The day was a great success. It was an inclusive day with the whole school participating in many fun outdoor activities designed to highlight the problems we have with plastics, litter and many other things. How can we reduce, reuse and recycle?

An added bonus to the day was the assistance of our Senior Eco Squad from Years 7 to 11, as well as Year 11 Society and Culture students, this ensured all activities were run by students for students. An important focus was that these activities not only centered around environmental learning, but students were also connecting with nature and having fun outdoors – play based learning in our great learning spaces.

Here are some of the incredible activities that took place:

  • Bottle top artwork
  • Waste & recycling games
  • Wetlands planting
  • Bread tag recycling competition
  • Scavenger hunt
  • Seed saving
  • Hope Tree

Our Lasallian Stars were also a big part of the day, running their own Rainbow Garden Stall, raising money for their own nature play rainbow garden. (This is a whole other story and you may have seen the video on socials!!!)

It must be said that the highlight of the day, and the most popular activity was the smoothie bike. Pedal power ensured we had smoothies not lumpies and we may have had to go shopping in the middle of the day for extra ingredients!!

Finally, a big thank you to everyone who donated a gold coin to help our Environment.  We managed to raise $387.20 and will be donating this to both Woodiwild and Trees For Life.  Two incredible organisations who are busy revegetating our Earth. From little things big things grow as someone wise once said

Keep playing out in nature everyone and never stop believing in a green, sustainable future.

Ms Robyn Palmer (on behalf of the YEL crew@78)

Sustainability Officer

#alwaysgreeningalwayswillbe

Ms Joanne Gilmore, Director of Teaching and Learning

Kids In Space Showcase

On Friday 28th October, a selection of students from Years 3, 5 and 6 went to a Makers Empire and the Andy Thomas Space Foundation Showcase at the Australian Space Discovery Centre at Lot 14.

“Driving to the Makers Empire Showcase was enjoyable because everyone was so excited. After what felt like ages, we finally got there! Firstly, we looked at other students’ work on sustainability and design. We got to meet students from other schools and learn about their initiatives. After looking at other school’s projects, we went and looked through the exhibits. Some of the interesting things on display was a screen that told you what time the next rocket would be launched. Another thing was a screen that talked about the impacts of global warming and the things you can see from space.” Frank Marino 6M.

It was wonderful to see students sharing their design thinking, problem solving for future and current problems that we face on earth and in space. The environment in the Space Discovery Centre was inspiring with experts all around the event and interactive tools and exhibition displays in the gallery space. Mr Faull (Year 3 Teacher) and Ms Tyrwhitt (Art and Design teacher) received two and a half days of professional development with this project and shall continue to utilise the resources and learning into 2023 and beyond. The school also received a fantastic new 3D printer! Check out their Facebook page to find out more!

RESOURCE, RESPOND, RESCUE!

Year 6 Digital Technologies have commenced a new program from CoRE “Full Steam Ahead” Centre of Resource Excellence Learning Foundation. This is a gamification project between CoRE Learning Foundation and the Minerals Council of Australia. The aim of the Gamification Project is to create a greater awareness and understanding of earth sciences in Australian schools; in particular, the importance of the earth in improving the lives of people through the natural resourced it produces.

Year 6  Resource, Respond, Rescue! Is a Minecraft world that has an innovative approach to learning about disaster mitigation strategies. The game is located in a fictitious town in Northern Australia. Its gameplay describes the mine operation’s Emergency Response Teams collaborating with the town’s SES volunteers as they engage in mitigation, response, and rescue activities to protect the community and mine from bushfire, flood, earthquake, and tsunami effects.

Our students were communicating, collaborating and using knowledge from outside and inside the game to mitigate and run simulations. Of particular interest to the learners was the Indigenous land management approaches with bushfires. The students will be continuing this project for the coming weeks. Jett Coletti from CoRE learning worked with Ms Tyrwhitt to get us started in the project and the session was highly engaging and a lot of fun! He was impressed by our students’ knowledge and ability to collaborate in STEAM learning.

ART AND DESIGN COMPETITION WINNERS

1) A TOY OR GADGET FOR LIFE ON MARS

This year the primary campus students were given the opportunity to participate in the Digital Commissioner for Children’s Design Thinking challenge. The task was to design a gadget or a toy for a child living on Mars. The commissioner has selected Tommy Trento’s (Year 5) design “Crimson Lake Fishing Rod” as one of the top-rated designs to be part of her state-wide Space to Dream travelling exhibition. Tommy’s design was created using Maker’s Empire and will be 3D printed and displayed alongside other top-rated designs.

The Space to Dream exhibition begins at the Australian Space Discovery Centre in December and travels throughout the state for the duration of 2023. More information on the dates and locations of the exhibition can be found here. https://commissionersdigitalchallenge.net.au/design-thinking/schools/schools-winners-2022-design-thinking/

Congratulations again to Tommy on his design.

2) A CALENDAR PAGE FOR FUTURE TRANSPORT FOR PARLIAMENT HOUSE

Dion Tsoulakis Year 3 “Drone Car” design has won a page in the parliament house calendar.

The art competition was arranged by Honorable Robert Simms MLC Greens member of parliament called the Future Transport Calendar Art Competition. Out of over 200 entries, Dion’s artwork was chosen for the 12 final designs. Learn more here.

He had to design a future form of transport that is sustainable and environmentally friendly. He drew the flying solar drone car, and it will be featured in the calendar in parliament house for 2023. His drawing was technical and imaginative!

Kate Tyrwhitt, Art and Design Teacher – Indigenous Education Coordinator Primary

Secondary Campus

House Captains 2023

We would like to congratulate our newly appointed House Captains for 2023. Our Captains are a lovely group of students who reflect the College’s values.

Benilde – Izac Carrozza and Alexis Rapuano 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jaime – Will Ashton and Isabella McGorman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lasalle – Noah Woolcock and Jovana Obrenovic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mackillop – Hayley Conlon and Isabella Martino

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miguel – Isaac Edwards and Scarlett O’Shea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mutien – Harrison Cavallaro and Isabella Struga

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solomon – Harry Carroll and Samara Menezes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turon – Harry Dodd and Evie Kitschke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sally Nicholson, Head of Department – Health and Physical Education

Year 9 Food Tech

As a part of the Year 9 Food Technology curriculum, students have been exploring how to utilise and integrate native foods into their cooking. The Year 9 students were given the opportunity to widen their taste palate and cook new and somewhat unusual Indigenous meats. These consisted of Emu, Kangaroo, Buffalo and Crocodile. Buffalo and Crocodile were the overwhelming favourites of the students. In the upcoming weeks, we look forward to further broadening the students’ palates, with the likes of Green Ants, Rosella Flower, Saltbush, Davidson Plum and Wattle Seed.

Ms Becky Parker, Food Technology Teacher 

Year 11 Blue Tree Project

Last week, a group of Year 11 students ran a men’s mental health awareness initiative. Anabelle, Caitlin, Chelsea, Olivia, and Isabella aimed to raise awareness for the Blue Tree Project, a charity which focuses on the way we talk about men’s mental health, encouraging individuals to share their feelings and break down the stereotypes of toxic masculinity. The Year 11s took part in the Blue Tree Project’s t-shirt campaign, with every class aiming to create a design that spoke to this important issue.

This group of students also created a mural and placed informative posters around the College. Well done!

Ms Anna Porcelli, Year 11 Director 

Year 11 – Domestic Violence Awareness Day

Domestic violence can be defined as ‘violence, abuse and intimidation between people who are currently or have previously been in an intimate relationship.’ The perpetrator uses violence to control and dominate the other person. This causes fear, physical harm and/or psychological harm. Above all, violence is a violation of human rights. Since COVID, emerging data shows that domestic violence has intensified.

On Tuesday the 1st of  November, a dedicated group of Year 11 students and staff, facilitated our annual Domestic Violence Awareness Day. During the campaign, we acknowledged victims, both past and present of domestic violence related issues. We sold awareness badges and white ribbons (for a gold coin donation), as a symbol of recognition on this matter, with $290 donated to Centacare Family Services. There were various other ways in which our Year 11 students raised awareness of this terrible issue; these included a Year 11 Chapel Service, a school-wide multimedia campaign and an ice-cream stall at lunchtime. We came together to provide a voice to those suffering at the hands of domestic violence in the hope of helping to prevent this issue from causing so much pain. As young men and women in our St Michael’s community, we take a stand against this type of appalling behavior. Let’s Be the Change.

Ms Anna Porcelli, Year 11 Director 

Some MORE exceptional Year 7 artwork – with a focus on patterns!

Visual Art classes, 7GPC-02 and 7GPC-04 used a combination of tribal art, mandalas, psychedelic art and pop-art.  These Year 7 girls used their drawing, colouring and pattern work skills to create these brilliant pieces! Enjoy! We will also share some additional artwork in the upcoming weeks, including some progress shots of their current Author/Illustrator project (English/Visual Art interdisciplinary project)!

Mr David De Lorenzis, Italian, Digital Technologies and Visual Arts Teacher 

World Educator’s Day

As a celebration for World Educator’s Day, the Year 9 Student Leaders hosted a thank you morning tea for all staff. This year we took our hats off to everyone who contributes to making the College run efficiently and effectively – our teachers, ESOs, maintenance, IT and administration staff. The Year 9 cohort also created gratitude cards, which were placed in the staff room, posted in staff pigeonholes, or personally delivered to their offices. Happy World Educator’s Day!

Ms Jessica Capitanio, Assistant Year Level Director for Year 9

Outdoor Construction Cubby Houses

The Year 12 Outdoor Construction class of 2022 built two cubby houses during Term 3. Students used various tools such as circular saws, nail guns, electric planers and a drop saw. Here are some of the reflections from the class.

“Any kid who gets to play in one of our cubby houses will enjoy every single minute just as much as we enjoyed making them!” – Brett Hargreaves

“I feel as a group we worked really well. I felt I contributed to the task to the best of my ability.” – Lyndon Williamson

“I believe that this project was one of the best I had ever done in a school environment. Being with peers, working together, having laughs and jokes whilst also smashing out the construction was some of the most fun I’ve had at school” – Lucas Sebastiano

“The most enjoyable aspect of making the cubby house was feeling a part of a team” – Jaxon De Bono

Mr Matthew Anderson, Teacher

Pastoral Care and Wellbeing

Restorative Justice Professional Development 2022

This semester, 17 staff across primary and secondary campuses attended a two-day professional development session that discussed restorative justice Principles, facilitated by Education Advisor, Engagement and Wellbeing, Michael Lincoln from the Catholic Education Office.

The principles and values that underpin restorative justice were examined and contrasted with non-restorative approaches to school discipline issues. Participants were able to become familiar with an approach and explicit language and were asked to practice using these principles to help students consider the impact of their actions on others and themselves, and hopefully, be guided towards better choices, and also to safeguard what we consider essential at St Michael’s; positive relationships.

Community, Challenge and Choice at St Michael’s is fundamentally about presence.

  • Am I/we present to others in ways that are inclusive and respectful (inclusion and equality)?
  • Am I/we present to others in ways that challenge injustice and inequality and support others to grow to see in themselves divinity ‘who is like God’?
  • Am I/we present to others in ways that they recognise that the Gospel message of love (inclusion and equality) has hold of my heart and guides my actions.

Belonging to the St Michael’s College community is asking of us more than kindness and goodness, it is asking us how we embody and share divine presence daily. Who am I as one like God, and how will I be toward others as one like God?

In navigating differences of opinion or navigating conflict and education, being able to work and live to a system of restorative justice principles is integral to these questions so that all members of the community can live to the intentions we share and do our best to live by. In this way, compassionate justice can prevail, education can be prioritised, and relationships can be strengthened.

Tonia Carfora, Year 7-9 Wellbeing Initiatives Leader

Year 7-9 Wellbeing Character Strength Focus

Week 3: Spirituality

Spirituality is a complex and important strength for our wellbeing, and one we continue to develop, as all others, over a lifetime. No culture lives in isolation of spirituality; it’s an important part of our human existence.

Brené Brown, author, first defined spirituality in her book The Gifts of Imperfection  as “recognising and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning and purpose to our lives.”

In recent years, we can say hand over heart, that our ability to support each other has been an important resource; a spiritual experience for all of our community. As a community we take pride in our connectedness and our ability to come together, particularly in moments of celebration or challenge– knowing, valuing and caring for each other.  It’s when we seem to be at our best as people, and this is true in most contexts.

For most of us the spiritual journey is not neat and linear; in fact at times it can be quite the rollercoaster. Over our lifetime, we often struggle with it, leading toward greater wholeness of our spirituality; becoming who we are. Sometimes, when we least expect it, important and or incidental moments will lead to an ‘awakening’- perhaps with others, alone or in nature.

Being open to seeing the connections and stronger spirituality or being open to learning and exploring more about Catholic Spirituality and Christian faith may connect with us. We can also be nurtured by our community prayer in the Lasallian tradition as we say together “Let Us Remember we are in the Holy Presence of God.”

Stopping for a moment each day to be present and observant, is a good way to start. Being mindful of who and what is around us and not taking things for granted are building blocks for spirituality and help us to know, value and care for each other and our world. Really taking the time to engage with each other showing others that we can see them, we are with them, we would like to help them,  and we enjoy being with them is a game changer, and it affirms the inspiring words of Kent Hoffman “every person has infinite worth’, in his TED Talk

These days, the internet and our phones are overflowing with apps and sites that can help with this… it’s a click away.

In the end, we all seek to make sense of our world and our place in it, and it makes sense that we are positioned to flourish when we are able to feel a sense of connectedness with others and with something larger than ourselves. This is spirituality, in a nutshell.

Week 4: Humility

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

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

We are human. We don’t always find it easy to place others’ needs ahead of our own; perhaps it’s part of our survival DNA in some way, though we often do it for our children instinctively. Spirituality can also be a challenging strength to work on because it’s true that we all enjoy positive affirmation – it’s one of the premises of social media platforms- the ‘likes’ that can be so addictive, sending us shots of dopamine.  Despite this, it’s also true that being humble can also boost our wellbeing and can really make a tangible difference to our world, and to those around us.

As we approach the Christmas season, it’s a perfect time to be thinking about both our spirituality and our humility, across the various domains in our life. We have a great example of these strengths, front and centre, in Jesus. We can work towards being his hands, eyes, ears and heart. We can spend some time considering how we can share our resources and use our talents and gifts to benefit those all around us, including the wider world; knowing, valuing and caring for each other.

Wishing you a safe and happy fortnight ahead!

Tonia Carfora, Year 7-9 Wellbeing Initiatives Leader

 

Careers and VET Services

Jobs in Defence and Space

There have been numerous articles in this week’s media about skill shortages in the Defence and Space industries here in SA. Everything from Engineering and  Human Resources to Cybersecurity

Lot 14 now have there own Jobs Board and it is very interesting to see some of the innovative job titles popping up (Space Operators and Threat Analysers) and the strength of the companies based here in SA

For students even from Yr 10 we encourage you to broaden your horizons and look into the variety of jobs in this sector

Click on the hyperlinks below:

https://sasic.sa.gov.au/
Job Portal | Lot Fourteen

https://careers.sa.gov.au/explore-industries/jobs-in-space

https://www.industry.gov.au/australian-space-discovery-centre/pathways-career-space

See under Big Opportunities for Work Experience in Space Industry Applications closing 17th November 2022.

Year 12 SACE Results Monday 19th December

We wish the Year 12 students all the best in the final stage of their SACE assessments and we will continue to send students and parent Career information emails right through until SACE results release. Monday 19th December will be the day we will be here at the College to support students on SACE Results Release Day.

It is important that students have had a practice log on to SACE Students Online THIS WEEK and make sure they have an active PIN. See: https://apps.sace.sa.edu.au/students-online/login.do

In the coming weeks Students Online shuts down in the lead up to results.

Year 11 and Year 12 SACE Community Learning Extra SACE Points

Students can get extra SACE points for their participation in various approved Community Learning activities. These points cannot contribute to the compulsory sections within SACE, but once listed, they do generate points in excess of the 200 required to achieve SACE. There is no other advantage of having extra SACE points beyond the set 200, but it may be nice to have the actual approved Community Learning Activity acknowledged and recorded on a student’s SACE Record of Achievement. Note: If these qualifications are used for other SACE Credits like Cert 3 in Public Safety Aquatics, they cannot be counted in the Community Learning category as well.

If students have been involved in Community experiences like Surf Lifesaving, Duke of Edinburgh, Music and Dance qualifications, Cadets, etc then it is worth checking out the link of approved involvement.

If a student wishes to claim these SACE points they can collect a form from the Display Wall in the LEC, complete it and attach colour photocopies of the required certificates and return to Mr Schirripa via Student Service ASAP. Ms Coorey, Career Counsellor is also available to help with any questions.

Graduating Year 12 students looking for an overseas experience in 2023

Camp America

Camp Counsellor USA
CCUSA is one of Australia’s top summer camp and international work adventure specialist
We have something for everyone!

WORK IN SUMMER CAMPS: You could be working at a summer camp in America, Canada, Croatia or Russia, leading a group of children in various activities including sports, arts, water and outdoor adventures and many more.

  • WORK IN SKI RESORTS: Spend a winter season working and playing at one of the premier ski resorts in the US & Canada.
  • WORK IN THE UK: Pubs work
  • WORK IN USA: Job in your degree field, Tourism, Hospitality and many more.

These are just a few of the great opportunities CCUSA can provide you!

Since 1985, we have been dedicated to providing the highest level of service in summer camp jobs, work and travel experiences and volunteer adventures. We have placed hundreds of thousands of young people in positions at summer camps and seasonal jobs across the USA, as well as in other countries around the world.
CCUSA is an American owned company whose head office is based in San Rafael, California. With a fulltime office and many more local representatives based right here in Australia – we have the support network, knowledge and expertise to assist you in your ultimate international adventure.
If you’re ready to take off on your own overseas adventure, simply browse through our available programs and pick one that is perfect for you. We’ll help you do the rest.

Upcoming Information Sessions

Flinders | Creative Arts & Industries – Livestream Information Session

Friday 2 December 2022, 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Online

Find out more about our Creative Arts & Industry options at Flinders. We will cover entry requirements, course content, placement opportunities and specialisation options including

FLINDERS Digital Media, Festivals and Arts Production, Film and Television, Interactive Design, Music, Theatre and Performance and Writing and Publishing.

Flinders | Music – Livestream Information Session

Monday 5 December 2022, 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Online

If you’re passionate about music and are looking for a way to make it your career, then this is the session for you. Suited to those who would like to gain key industry knowledge as well as business and marketing skills to be successful professionals in a competitive environment, this music degree is ideal for passionate musicians and budding industry professionals.

This session will cover entry requirements, course content, placement opportunities and specialisation options. Find out more.

Scholarships Year 12 students can apply for:

Playford Trust Resources Sector Engineering Scholarship: Mining Engineering or Petroleum Engineering at the University of Adelaide

Value: $20,000 AUD

Open/Closing Dates: October 3, 2022 – January 20, 2023

Up to 20 scholarships are now available for talented Year 12 STEM students hoping to study either Mining Engineering or Petroleum Engineering at the University of Adelaide. Find out more

Ehrenberg-Bass Undergraduate Scholarship: University of South Australia Undergraduate Marketing degrees

Value: $10,000 AUD

Open/Closing Dates: August 1, 2022 – December 31, 2022

The Ehrenberg-Bass Institute is offering up to ten scholarships for students commencing study from 2023 in one of the University of South Australia Undergraduate Marketing degrees for the first time. Find out more

Work Experience Opportunities

Applications are open for Space Industry Work Experience Program 3 (2021-2022)

Application Period: Tuesday 19th October, 2021 – COB Wednesday 17th November, 2021

The South Australian Space Industry Centre (SASIC) and the Commonwealth funded SA Student Pathways Program  within the SA Department for Education have opened applications for the structured Space Industry Work experience program using the Workplace Learning Procedures 2016  that are endorsed by government and non-government schooling sectors for all workplace learning undertaken by school students in South Australia.

Please note when registering for WorkPRO, currently only Government schools are listed as an option, for Catholic and Independent school students please just choose your closest Government school to continue registration. This will not affect your final certificate and registration of a fully completed application for the Space Industry Work Experience Program.

Student applications for the work experience program will be completed and submitted online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GMB3FVP and students will be notified by email about their application registration and advised whether they have been shortlisted after applications have been reviewed by SASIC and the Department for Education.

To have their applications fully registered students will need to complete all questions on the online application, including submission of the following;

  • Complete the online Workplace Learning Self-Assessment course at creating-a-plink-account-and-logging-on-to-workpro-3.pdf (whs.sa.edu.au), save the Certificate of Completion as a pdf and submit the certificate pdf file.
    • Students who are not Department for Education should use their school email
    • Students who have previously completed the WorkPRO or previous certificate before 30th September, 2020 need to complete the WorkPRO Refresher Modules.
    • Submit signed endorsement form from Parents/Guardian (Teacher Reference/Principal & Caregiver Endorsement Form)
    • Submit a signed endorsement from a Teacher including a written reference  (Teacher Reference/Principal & Caregiver Endorsement Form)
    • Submit a signed endorsement from their school Principal submitted with the final application (Teacher Reference/Principal & Caregiver Endorsement Form)
    • Submit a student declaration within the survey (up to 300 words) discussing why they should be chosen for the Work Experience Pilot Program
    • Submit a signed media release form https://www.education.sa.gov.au/sites/default/files/consent-form-use-likeness-child-student.pdf?v=1629439138
Last call for Year 11 students contemplating a University Subject in 2023

Within SACE there are very generous provisions for a Year 12 student to undertake a University/ Higher Education Subject. Students apply to the College for approval and then to the University. Students can undertake one subject each semester and it can contribute to a students ATAR. BUT please be aware because it is factored in to the ATAR as Recognised Studies, only the University Higher Ed subject(s) or a Certificate 3 can be included. Given the value of the experience in transitioning to university, the very generous conversation of a University grade to a scaled score, and possibly the opportunity to get credit at that particular University it is something high achieving students should consider. For students aiming for an ATAR above 98 and who are very organised. It does require a very independent, self-motivated approach. Students can pick options where they attend the university in person or do subjects online. We have emailed all Year 11 students directly and students can collect a handout from the Display Wall in the LEC. Interested students need to submit the St Michael’s application by November 18th to Mr O’Reilly in Student Services. It is very important that the expression of interest is driven by the student as a measure of their personal interest and commitment. We do not approve students taking on Higher Education on top of a full load back at St Michael’s College. If students want more information they can book in to see Ms Coorey, Career Counsellor.

Some links to dive deeper:
The conversion from the University level of achievement to Scaled Score for ATAR is very generous
See: https://www.satac.edu.au/recognised-studies

More Information can be found at:
University of Adelaide HeadStart Program

https://www.adelaide.edu.au/headstart/

Note: There is an upcoming information session, but this is held after Expression of Interest forms due here at the College: The annual Headstart Scholarship Program Information session has been scheduled the details are below:

Wednesday 23rd November
5:30 – 6:30pm
Braggs Lecture Theatre

Hear more about: Entry criteria and application, What to expect, Services available to support Headstart participants, SACE recognition and contribution towards the Selection Rank.
Registrations are mandatory and must be done so through this link:

Flinders University Extension Studies Program

University of South Australia Accelerate Program

Note: The UniSA Accelerate applications close Wednesday 30 November 2022
UniSA Accelerate Webinar

Date: Tuesday 8 November
Time: 5.30pm – 6.30pm (ACST)
Registrations: Online

Big Opportunities: Holiday Courses and Work Experience 2023

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Duke at the ZOO Register your interest ASAP

We provide the information below for your families own consideration and assessment. We do not endorse or recommend such programs. All costs are paid for by the Families.

Zoos South Australia is the first zoo in the world to be an accredited Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Centre.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a leading structured (non-formal education) youth development program, empowering young people to explore their full potential and find their purpose, passion and place in the world, regardless of their location or circumstance.

As a non-formal education framework, the Award can play a vital role in providing opportunities for young people to develop essential life skills, increase their employability and foster their creativity and innovation.

The Award is transforming individuals, communities and societies around the world. We have developed nine impact measures to quantify and explain the relationship between short term personal outcomes in young people and the longer term social impact of the Award. It is likely to take many years for the results of the impact measures to become evident, therefore we have also established a set of ten outcome measures that can be observed in the short-term. We are currently measuring these outcomes in young people doing the Award and will report on them shortly.

The Zoos SA program is open to adventurers aged 16-20, and will run as a course parallel to the school year, February to November with classes at both Adelaide Zoo and Monarto Safari Park.

The program will involve participants developing skills to support the Adventurous Journey section of the Award as well as the Leadership component. In addition to this, all participants will complete the Service section of the Award with monthly activities at Monarto Safari Park. See ‘Dates and locations for more details’.

In 2023, we are proud to offer a significant number of subsidised places for participants from disadvantaged background thanks to our new partnership with The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

Defence Force Work Experience Opportunities for 2023 now open

The Defence Work Experience Program provides opportunities for young Australians interested in a career at Defence to gain exposure to the type of work that is available.

Defence is committed to providing a national work experience program designed to:

  • demonstrate the wide variety of interesting careers available within Defence
  • ease the transition of students into the workplace
  • contribute to the development of the skills of young Australians.

Opportunities are available for both secondary and tertiary students and participants must be in Year 11 or Year 12 in 2023.

Applications are open for Space Industry Work Experience Program 3 (2021-2022)

Application Period: Tuesday 19th October, 2021 – COB Wednesday 17th November, 2021

The South Australian Space Industry Centre (SASIC) and the Commonwealth funded SA Student Pathways Program  within the SA Department for Education have opened applications for the structured Space Industry Work experience program using the Workplace Learning Procedures 2016  that are endorsed by government and non-government schooling sectors for all workplace learning undertaken by school students in South Australia.

Please note when registering for WorkPRO, currently only Government schools are listed as an option, for Catholic and Independent school students please just choose your closest Government school to continue registration. This will not affect your final certificate and registration of a fully completed application for the Space Industry Work Experience Program.

Student applications for the work experience program will be completed and submitted online and students will be notified by email about their application registration and advised whether they have been shortlisted after applications have been reviewed by SASIC and the Department for Education.

To have their applications fully registered students will need to complete all questions on the online application, including submission of the following;

  • Complete the online Workplace Learning Self-Assessment course at creating-a-plink-account-and-logging-on-to-workpro-3.pdf (whs.sa.edu.au), save the Certificate of Completion as a pdf and submit the certificate pdf file.
    • Students who are not Department for Education should use their school email
    • Students who have previously completed the WorkPRO or previous certificate before 30th September, 2020 need to complete the WorkPRO Refresher Modules.
    • Submit signed endorsement form from Parents/Guardian (Teacher Reference/Principal & Caregiver Endorsement Form)
    • Submit a signed endorsement from a Teacher including a written reference  (Teacher Reference/Principal & Caregiver Endorsement Form)
    • Submit a signed endorsement from their school Principal submitted with the final application (Teacher Reference/Principal & Caregiver Endorsement Form)
    • Submit a student declaration within the survey (up to 300 words) discussing why they should be chosen for the Work Experience Pilot Program
    • Submit a signed media release form https://www.education.sa.gov.au/sites/default/files/consent-form-use-likeness-child-student.pdf?v=1629439138

 

NIE | Academic Insights Program Webinar

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Monday 14 November 2022, 7:00 pm

Online

The Immerse Education Summer School in Sydney is a unique opportunity for participants to live and study in the highest-ranked university in Australia, The University of Sydney.

During this webinar, we will discuss how this immersive Academic Insights summer program will provide ambitious high school students with an unrivaled experience studying undergraduate-level subjects at the University of Sydney.

Webinar topics:

  • A detailed look at the Academic Insights Program; syllabus, curriculum details, and program inclusions.
  • Summer School program benefits and how it can help with gaining admission into highly competitive undergraduate courses, like medicine & dentistry. Find out more.
Academic Insights Summer Programme

Wednesday 4 January 2023, 9:00 am – Saturday 14 January 2023, 5:00 pm

The University of Sydney, Camperdown Campus

This Summer School in Sydney is a unique opportunity for you to live and study in the highest ranked university in Australia for graduate employability.

The immersive Academic Insights summer programme provides ambitious high school students from around Australia and the world with an unrivalled experience studying undergraduate-level subjects at the University of Sydney.

In enrolling in this programme, you’ll benefit from expert teaching, blended with admissions sessions and essential skill development. Each subject follows a specifically-designed summer school syllabus combining theoretical knowledge with practical application.

Immerse Education tutors from the world-leading university of Oxford and Cambridge will support students in forming a strong foundational knowledge, understanding, and skillset within their field of interest. Students will uncover their academic potential, by choosing from the below subjects:

STEM Accelerator Tour 2023

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Thursday 5 January 2023, 9:00 am – Wednesday 18 January 2023, 5:00 pm

United States

Do you have a passion for STEM and do you want to learn how it is shaping the world we live in? Join Crimson’s exclusive tour of the USA in January 2023 and be inspired for your future.

Be immersed in a stimulating learning environment with other like-minded students from across the world and accelerate your growth.

  • Meet and learn from NASA Research Scientists
  • Get behind the scenes of Silicon Valley Giants
  • Explore some of the world’s top universities
  • Immerse yourself within US Culture
  • Travel with an international group of like-minded students

Explore some of the world’s top universities to see the opportunities that they could open for your own future. Find out more. 

The Santos Science Experience

We provide the information below for your families own consideration and assessment. We do not endorse or recommend such programs. All costs are paid for by the Families.

The Santos Science Experience is a unique program for students in Years 9 and 10, taking place in over thirty-five universities and tertiary institutions across the country. Each program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to engage in a wide range of fascinating science activities under the guidance of scientists who love their work. Programs can vary from between 1 to 4 days in length. Programs run throughout the year in multiple locations. Take a look at upcoming dates here. The Santos Science Experience

Exploring Self-Employment Workshop

We provide the information below for your families own consideration and assessment. We do not endorse or recommend such programs. All costs are paid for by the Families.

Monday 20 February 2023, 9:30 am – Friday 24 February 2023, 3:00 pm

Twelve25 Youth Centre

An interactive exploration of self-employment for youth aged 15-30.

In collaboration with Salisbury Council, the Exploring Self-Employment Workshop is designed to give you an understanding of entrepreneurship and self-employment to support your business idea or dream of being your own boss.

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

Competitions

Little Stories Big Ideas Flash Fiction Competition for Secondary School Students

Little Stories Big Ideas is a writing competition for Australian Secondary School Students. As part of the comp, students write a story in 100 words or less to a specific themed prompt, in any literary style they like – prose, poetry, haiku or song. There are two entry categories, Year 7 to 9 (Junior) and Year 10 to 12 (Senior).

The comp runs every school term with great prizes on offer and is free to enter.

Cash prizes of $100 plus Gift Vouchers and Memberships are up for grabs.

Entries are now open for our Term 4 competition with the theme “Fear”. Entries close Friday December 23 2022 at Midnight. Find out more: https://littlestoriesbigideas.com.au/

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2023

The call for entries for the National Photographic Portrait Prize 2023 is open! One of our most popular annual events promotes the best in contemporary photographic portraiture by both professional and aspiring Australian photographers.

The winner will nab a $30,000 cash prize from us AND photographic equipment – courtesy of our imaging partner, Canon. There are a raft of other prizes too, including Highly Commended supported by EIZO and an Art Handlers’ Award thanks to IAS Fine Art Logistics.

Entries close at 9:00am (AEDT) on Tuesday 31 January 2023. Find out more and enter here.

Ms Rose Coorey and Mr Anthony Vizaniaris, Career Counsellors