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From the Principal

Dear St Michael’s College Community,

It doesn’t take long for the new school year to get into full swing. The last week and a half has seen many activities designed around relationship building, transition, induction, welcome and planning, with the most essential elements being to set the right conditions for staff and student success. Learning programs are now well underway and co-curricular opportunities will be gaining momentum in coming weeks. I would encourage all our school community to take up as many opportunities as possible, for we know the overall benefits of engagement to both the individual and community.

It has been a pleasure for many of us to attend a range of these activities across both campuses, including the Welcome Mass and Liturgy, induction of College Leaders, new student welcome, parent evenings, SACE Merit ceremony, staff formation, Year 7 music performance, and 1st XI cricket. Of course, we also look forward to a great night Saturday 6 February at the 2020 Graduation Ball being held at the Adelaide Convention Centre, as well the upcoming 2020 Academic Assembly on Wednesday 10 February.

Primary Beginning of the Year Liturgy
Mr Patton took some time to present a Gospel reflection with the Primary students on Thursday morning, part of which follows:

“The Gospel today talks about the importance being grateful for what we have.

We are all very lucky and have grown up in families where we haven’t had to worry too much about whether we will have clothes, food and drink. We also have many other things given to us that some children in in the world don’t. Two of those things are a quality education, and the freedom to make decisions. Have you ever thought what it might be like to have to worry about these items? Have you put yourselves in the shoes of others who don’t have these necessities?

It is not only important to take the time to reflect on what we are grateful for, but also acknowledge those who have provided our gifts. We need to remember to show our gratitude and thank these people regularly, be they our parents, teachers or our friends.

Today each class will receive a poster which explains what gratitude is, it reads, ‘Gratitude is one of many positive emotions. It’s about focusing on what’s good in our lives and being thankful for the things we have. Gratitude is pausing to notice and appreciate the things we often take for granted, like having a place to live, food, clean water, family, friends and even a computer’.

We need to take time to reflect and be mindful of the good things in our lives, and remember:

‘Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.’”

SACE Merit Ceremony
Congratulations to all St Michael’s College recipients of SACE Subject Merits presented at Government House over Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week. I was fortunate to receive an invitation to attend on Monday evening where multiple merit recipients were presented, including SMC’s Paras Stefanopoulos, Lauren Boeyen, Tessa Bozo, and Benjamin Cutter. Paras, pictured below with his Governor’s Commendation, was one of only five students in South Australia to receive five merits and the highest possible ATAR of 99.95.

Paras with his parents, Stella and Bill, and Principal Mr John Foley


1st XI Cricket
Whilst the wider co-curricular program will kick off in coming weeks, the first team to hit the field was the 1st XI Cricket team on Saturday 30 January. Well done to the boys, who shared the wickets and runs to pull off a well fought victory against Trinity College, 6/116 to 10/115.

Kieran Hubert


Kind regards,

John Foley