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From the Principal

Dear St Michael’s College Community,

Anzac Day Dawn Services
Whilst opportunities to attend Anzac Day Dawn Services were somewhat limited again this year, I know there were still many in our SMC community who either attended a service, or found their own way of remembering the fallen and acknowledging our service men and women last Sunday. St Michael’s was formally represented by staff, student College Leaders and SMC Cadet unit members at the Dawn Service at Seaton Park RSL. I know their involvement was greatly appreciated on the day and I thank them for their respectful and generous preparation and participation on behalf of the College.

Once again, the Anzac Day Services remind us that we are not there to honour war, as war is not something to be honoured, but we do honour those who served and sacrificed so much. As we know, the Anzac heritage now goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915 as we remember all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service. It is very obvious that the spirit of Anzac, with its qualities of courage, sacrifice and mateship, continues to have meaning and relevance today. As Corporal Mark Donaldson VC, stated in his address at the Australian War Memorial a number of years ago, “This is a spirit worthy of renown, praise and striving to achieve. This is a human spirit, the Anzac spirit”.

Caica Cup 2021
The Caica Cup, held this week, is an annual and somewhat unique event that sees St Michael’s College and Henley High School students compete in a range of sporting activities across the day. The concept was originally devised to develop the community relationship between the two Cudmore Terrace tenants and highlight both the personal and the sporting talents of the students. We have consistently been impressed by the outstanding spirit and sportsmanship displayed by all participants and this year was no exception.

The Cup is named after Paul Caica, former member for Colton and a long-time friend of both schools. It was again a pleasure to see Paul at many of the events, interacting with staff, coaches and players. Congratulations to Henley High, who took home the Cup following many tight contests. St Michael’s secured wins in a number of events including Open boys’ soccer, Open tennis, Open boys’ Caica Gift, 8/9 boys’ football, 8/9 girls’ netball and basketball. A big thank you to the organisers, particularly Jordan Young and Leanne Burton from SMC and Henley High’s James Treagus, as well as the staff and students from both schools. We look forward to the Caica Cup remaining a valued annual event, including some possible new activities, and continuing to foster the already positive relationship between the two schools and their communities.

Upcoming Events
All the best to the many students and staff involved in a number of upcoming events across each campus, including: the College Musical, ‘Mary Poppins Jr’ at the Woodville Town Hall, Music performances at the ANCA Vocal Jazz Festival at Norwood Concert Hall, ABODA School Bands Jazz Festival, and the Inaugural Port Adelaide Youth Jazz Festival, the UniSA “Epic Challenges Showcase – How do we sustain life on Mars?” presentation at UniSA and the winter sport season. We wish all staff and students all the best and thank them for taking the opportunities to engage, be challenged, build community and represent St Michael’s College in the very best way.

Vinnies Principal Sleepout
On Thursday 6 May, I’ll be representing St Michael’s College at the 2021 Vinnies Principal Sleepout. SMC has a long history of supporting those most in need, and whilst my involvement is in many ways a symbolic gesture, I’m hoping it can help to raise much needed funds (at least $2000) to assist Vinnies in providing support to South Australians facing homelessness.

If you feel as if you are in a position to support this worthy and necessary cause, please help by making a donation via the link below. I’ve kick started the donations and would now ask for your support (no matter how large or small) to help reach, and hopefully exceed our target. Thank you for your support, it is greatly appreciated.

John Foley – St Michael’s College Vinnies Principal Sleepout 2021 Donations

Kind regards,

John Foley
Principal