Dear St Michael’s College Community,
Year 12 Retreats
This week, our Year 12 students participated in retreats at Mylor, Normanville and Belair. The retreats provide a range of opportunities for participants to ‘pull back’ from the day to day work, distractions and pressures which make up most of our lives. The Catholic, Lasallian nature of St Michael’s sits front and centre of the experience, presented in such a way as to facilitate reflection, sharing, discernment and community. It is in many ways an expression of what is essentially human, the ability to operate as part of a living community and reflect and make meaning of our lives.
During visits to each site, I could not help but again be impressed and proud of the St Michael’s College staff and students. They consistently displayed the courage to share their life experiences, gratitude and fears with each other and were able to do so with the confidence that comes from a genuinely respectful and empathetic environment. Meaningful connections are at the core of Lasallian education, and the retreats have consistently modelled this and had significant and positive impact on students and staff alike over the years. Additionally, the bonds formed during the retreat strengthen the identity of the Year 12 group and impact on the opportunities and challenges which will compose the remainder of their time together at St Michael’s College and into the future.
I sincerely thank the staff for their preparation and selfless participation and the students for embracing the opportunity to create such a significant experience.
Thank you to everyone involved in the College’s Arts Week. This is a significant event, timed to align with the Adelaide Fringe and showcase performing and visual arts talent and experiences within and outside our school community.
Included in Arts Week activities were the Acknowledgement of Country performance and art and dance workshops presented by artist and proud Warramungu & Yuggera man David Booth and his three sons: the Basketball Man; Lucy Trimbrell’s printmaking; fringe drama excursions; student talent including Daniel Sutton, come and try DJ, Riley Catt, Riley Browne and the brilliant Harriet McClure on piano; the talented staff band and Mr Mosca with offsider Massimo Cavallo; and of course the shift of bells to songs for the week (maybe we should keep this?)! The full list of activities and a highlights video can be found in the Arts Week section in this newsletter.
Arts Week not only brings a smile to faces, but builds a sense of wellbeing, community and recognition for both performers, participants and audiences. The Performing and Visuals Arts team at St Michael’s is outstanding and we congratulate them on Arts Week and their ongoing work in this important aspect of College life.
The Primary enrolments team are currently working through the 2023 Reception (and 2022 additional class) intake process. There has been an overwhelming (in the best sense!) response, with over 100 interviews scheduled through this initial phase. A quality Lasallian education, enhanced by the recent move to co-education and outstanding facility upgrades are showing more than expected benefits for staff and students, CESA, and more widely the families of the Western suburbs and we look forward to continuing this next exciting chapter of St Michael’s College history.