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The Star E-Newsletter

Term 1 Week 1 2021

From the Principal

Dear St Michael’s College Community,

Welcome back to St Michael’s for 2021.

Near the end last year, I offered the following brief reflection for the Maroon and Blue Community News:

“Schools found themselves in quite a unique place during 2020, trying to maintain a ‘business as usual approach’ within a world of ongoing uncertainty and incongruency. Overall, schools, including St Michael’s, were not only able to cope with the challenges presented, but provide an environment where students continued to flourish. This was only achievable through the trusting partnership of staff, students, families and the wider College community. As Principal, I couldn’t be prouder, and am thankful for the genuine care, kindness and support shown for each other, particularly at the toughest times.

Whilst COVID-19 created conditions somewhat foreign to us, we continued to draw on some common principles that have helped guide educators across the world during times of turmoil. These principles include: an ongoing focus on safety, security, and belonging; the importance of relationship building at the heart of student learning; maintaining timely communication and transparency around decision-making; and a commitment to equity.  

Additionally, we continued to learn more about ourselves and others in times of change, complexity and sometimes chaos, including an ability to acknowledge and embrace the chaos, and then to stand back and simplify it! I think we have mostly however, had reinforced the essential value of relationships and connections as a cornerstone of Lasallian education.”

As we head into 2021, there are new opportunities for the St Michael’s College community to build on our strengths and learn from our challenges. As a community of staff, students and families, we must each play our part in continuing to ensure the very best conditions for each of us to flourish. Essential to this is a focus on relationships and connections and an ongoing aspiration to be an authentic, inclusive and respectful community where each individual is known, valued and cared for. In recognising and embracing the uniqueness and value in ourselves and others, we enable the confidence to explore our curiosities, flourish and fully realise our potential.

I wish all new and returning members of our community every success in 2021 and pray that St Michael the Archangel, our namesake and God’s great champion, watches over and protects us, and inspires the strength and humility to live life to the full and work and learn together with courage, commitment and respect.

Primary Co-Education

A very special welcome to all our new students to St Michael’s College. There was a great mix of nerves and excitement with Year 7s starting their high school journey at the Secondary Campus and receptions at the Primary Campus. The reception experience was a particularly special one for St Michael’s College, with our first ever co-ed classes at the Primary Campus. The girls and boys interacting with each other in their new facility was a special highlight of Wednesday morning and something that brought a smile to the faces of staff, students and families alike. This is going to be a great journey!

Kind regards,

John Foley
Principal

Staff News

NEW ROLES

The College congratulates the following staff members on their new or acting appointments:

Primary Campus

  • Ms Joanne Gilmore – Director of Teaching and Learning
  • Ms Madeline Cole – Early Primary Coordinator

Secondary Campus

  • Ms Bron Kemp – Deputy Principal Teaching and Learning
  • Mr Matthew Williams – Deputy Principal Pastoral
  • Ms Amanda Price – Deputy Principal Staff and Strategy
  • Mr Gavin O’Reilly – Director of Curriculum and Assessment
  • Mr Sam Kitschke – Director of Pastoral
  • Mr Mark Stephens – Daily Organiser
  • Ms Stacey Moros – Head of Department – History
  • Ms Nikki Williamson – Head of Department – Science
  • Mr Mark Labrosciano – Year 12 Director
  • Ms Anna Porcelli – Year 11 Director
  • Mr Ned Heath – Year 11 Assistant Director
  • Mr Andrew Spencer – Year 10 Director
  • Mr Nicholas Flynn – Year 10 Assistant Director
  • Mr Brent Parfrey – Year 9 Director

As the Religious Education Coordinator, Patrizia Puglia will now oversee the Reception to Year 12 curriculum.

COLLEGE LEADERSHIP TEAM AND COORDINATORS

Secondary Leadership
PrinicpalMr John Foley
Deputy Principal - Teaching and LearningMs Bron Kemp
Deputy Principal - PastoralMr Matthew Williams
Deputy Principal - Staff and StrategyMs Amanda Price
Business ManagerMr Dominic LoBasso
Director of MissionMr Robert Dempsey
Director of Curriculum and AssesmentMr Gavin O'Reilly
Director of PastoralMr Sam Kitschke
Primary Leadership
PrincipalMr John Foley
Deputy Principal - PrimaryMr Damian Patton
Director Teaching and LearningMs Joanne Gilmore
Director Student Wellbeing and AdministrationMr Damian McNamara
Business ManagerMr Dominic LoBasso
Year Level DirectorsAssistant Year Level Directors
Year 7Mr Aldo CaloMs Joanne Howat
Year 8 Mr Paul FlahertyMr Tom Dittmar
Year 9Mr Brent ParfreyMs Anna Haracic
Year 10Mr Andrew SpencerMr Nicholas Flynn
Year 11Ms Anna PorcelliMr Ned Heath
Year 12Mr Mark LabroscianoMrs Ady Webb
Secondary Heads of Department/Subject Coordinators
BusinessMr Hamish Redden
Design & TechnologiesMr Greg Cloy
Digital TechnologiesMrs Maria Cardillo
MusicMr James Musci
DanceMs Dani Caputo
DramaMs Emily Burns
EnglishMrs Jane Sykes
GeographyMs Catherine Pearce
Health & Physical EducationMrs Sally Nicholson
HistoryMs Stacey Moros
ItalianMs Angela Benedetti
MathematicsMrs Anne Finlay
Religious EducationMrs Patrizia Puglia
Research Project and PLPMr Lachlan Chatterton
ScienceMs Nikki Williamson
Visual ArtsMrs Nicolle LeRay-Warren
Secondary Coordinators
Co-curricular CoordinatorMr Jordan Young
Co-curricular Officer (Girls)Mrs Leanne Burton
Gifted & Talented CoordinatorMr Stratos Karnas
Learning Support CoordinatorMr Michael Balic
Director of MusicMr Tim Donovan
SACE CoordinatorMr Rocco Schirripa
VET CoordinatorMr Kevin Woolford
Year 7-9 Learning and Wellbeing Project LeaderMrs Tonia Carfora
Primary Coordinators
Early Primary CoordinatorMiss Madeline Cole
Primary CoordinatorMr Nathan Rose
eLearning CoordinatorMr Damian McNamara
Co-curricular CoordinatorMr Dion Gazettas
Student Services CoordinatorMrs Melanie Becker

NEW STAFF

The St Michael’s College Community would like to welcome the following staff members:

Primary Campus

  • Ms Madeline Cole (RB/Early Primary Coordinator)
  • Ms Vanessa Morelli (RG Teacher)
  • Mr Mitchell Boulton (4B Teacher)
  • Ms Annabel Lampard (Health & PE)
  • Mr Anthony Renzella (ESO Student Services – Learning Support)

Secondary Campus

  • Mr Sean McKenzie (Design and Technologies Teacher)
  • Mr Tim Wetherell (English Teacher)
  • Mr Jacob Hanley (Maths Teacher)
  • Ms Danielle Keynes (English Teacher)
  • Ms Amanda Price (Deputy Principal Staff and Strategy)
  • Ms Milli Newman (History, RE, English Teacher)
  • Mr Stuart Glasson (Digital Technologies Teacher)
  • Ms Molly White (Administration Assistant)
  • Mr Nathan Armiento (Humanities Teacher)

MEET THE STAFF

 

RETIREMENTS

The College thanks the following staff members for their contribution to the College and we wish them all the best on a well-deserved retirement.

  • Mrs Louise Kometer
  • Mr John Edwards
  • Ms Karen Seekamp
  • Mr Graham Cox

CONGRATULATIONS

A big congratulations to the following staff members on their special announcements throughout 2020:

Births

  • Ms Elicia Burford welcomed daughter Eloise Charlotte Burford.
  • Ms Adriana Gatt welcomed son Rafael Gatt.
  • Mr James Bradshaw welcomed daughter Sophia May Bradshaw.
  • Mr Lachlan Chatterton welcomed daughter Juniper Kate Chatterton.
  • Mr Dylan Welford welcomed son Frederick Francis Welford.
  • Ms Amanda Rossi welcomed son Oliver Joseph Szekely.
  • Mr Tom Crouch welcomed daughter Florence Jayne Crouch.
  • Ms Natalie Dimitriou welcomed daughters Aria Grace Dimitriou and Alexis Eleni Dimitriou.
  • Mr Aldo Calo welcomed daughter Anastasia Calo.

Weddings

  • Ms Joanne Howat (nee Billows)
  • Mr Mark Labrosciano and Ms Olivia Peressin

Engagements

  • Ms Anna Porcelli
  • Mr Tom Dittmar and Ms Chloe Harby
Weekly Communication and Important Dates

Weekly Communication and Important Dates

RIP

Mrs Mary Flaherty
Much loved mother of Mr Paul Flaherty (staff).

Mrs Dawn Dugan
Much loved mother of Mr Roger Dugan (staff).

Mr David Pearce
Much loved father of Ms Catherine Pearce (staff).

Mrs Roula Micholos
Much loved grandmother of Alessia and Peter Micholos (2020), and mother-in-law of Mrs Maria Pepe-Micholos (staff).

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

IMPORTANT DATES

1 February
Year 7 Parent Information Evening – Pastoral Classes at 6:30 pm
Year 8 Parent Information (online)

2 February
Reception to Year 2 Parent Information Evening – 6:30 pm
Year 3 to Year 6 – Parent Information Evening – 7:00 pm

3 February
Year 9 and 11 Parent Information (online)

17–19 February
Year 7 Camp

Please click here to view our online calendar.

Click here for Term Dates.
Click here for Uniform Shops hours and information.
Click here to purchase the Entertainment Book.
Click here for previous editions of The Star Newsletter.

Whole School

PRAYER FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR

Let us remember we are in the holy presence of God.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

We give you praise, O God, for everything that is new and beautiful, for everything which holds promise and brings us joy.

Bless us as we start this new year with our friends and teachers.

Help us to make the most of every chance we have to start fresh.

May we show love to one another and to all.

May the new beginning of this school year remind us that you give us chances to start over again and again.

Help us to learn and to work together.

Help us to listen when we should and to know the best words when we speak and when it is better not to speak.

We thank you for our friends, help us to be good friends this year.

Help us to be patient with ourselves and with others.

Bless our school and keep us safe.

Be with us as we travel each day.

Help us to be aware of your love shown to us in the people around us.

Bless all those who care for us, in school and at home.

Help us show our care for them and to say sorry when we need to.

May the Blessed Mother Mary protect us and help us to live as well as we can giving thanks and glory to God as she did.

We ask this prayer in Jesus Name. Amen.

St John Baptist de La Salle………. Pray for us!
Live Jesus in our hearts………. Forever!
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

PARENT SEQTA ACCESS

For those parents who are new to the College or have not yet activated their account on SEQTA, you should have received an activation email from SEQTA which will permit you to create a username and password to access this system. You have seven days from when you received this message to follow this process.

For those existing parents who are experiencing problems with your SEQTA Engage password, please contact SEQTA@smc.sa.edu.au from your registered email address, and we will assist.

Please note that SEQTA provides an App on both Apple and Android. Simply search for ‘SEQTA Engage’ and log in with the credentials received in the email. Major advantages of the App include push notifications and fingerprint security.

Mr Ashley Morrison – ICT Manager

CO-CURRICULAR INFORMATION

Primary
School sport will commence in Week 3. Mr Dion Gazettas will provide further details to parents regarding teams, coaches and training times.

Secondary
All parents have been sent an email regarding co-curricular sport nominations for their child (it should appear as “St Michael’s College – MCB Schools”) from Consent2Go. Attached to the email will be our new Co-curricular Handbook, which will have all information regarding the activities available. The email will also contain a link that will direct you to the nomination page where you are able to select the activities that your child would like to nominate for in 2021 (both summer and winter sport). Nominations are due Friday 29 January 2021.

Co-curricular summer and winter uniforms are available for purchase via our Dobsons Uniform Shop. Please note that all summer and winter uniform items must be purchased in Term 1 as some items may need to be ordered in.

MARY POPPINS JR

There will be a Musical ‘come and try’ session for Year 7s and new secondary students in Week 2, Wednesday 3 February from 3:30 – 5:00 pm.

Musical Dance Team auditions will be in Week 3, Wednesday 10 February at lunchtime.

All Primary students who would like to express their interest in participating in the Musical should speak to Miss Gaertner-Jones.

Performances of Mary Poppins Jr will be held on 27, 28 and 29 of May 2021.

STUDENT ABSENCE/LATE ARRIVAL

24-Hour Student Absentee Lines and SMS:
Primary (08) 8150 2397
Secondary (08) 8150 2323
SMS 0417 596 611

If a student will be absent or late, parents/caregivers are requested to contact the College via the designated absentee lines or SMS by 9:30 am. Please include child’s name, surname, and class/year level in your message. Absences reported by students or via email are not accepted. With consideration for student welfare, parents will be contacted via a text message if a student is absent and there has been no parent contact.

PARKING/SCHOOL DROP OFF

Primary
The support of all drivers is requested in relation to obeying all road traffic signage and regulations surrounding the College. For the safety of all students the College asks that each and every road user, pedestrian and driver, be very conscious of placing safety ahead of all other concerns. The College has a duty of care to ensure students are not placed in an unsafe situation due to motorists not adhering to road safety expectations. Parents are encouraged to use the Drop Off / Pick up ‘Kiss & Drop Zone’ in Hubbard Street or alternatively use parking on Main Street that runs along the College boundary. Please instruct your child in safe road crossing rules.

Please note car parking facilities (new carpark) are not available to parents/caregivers at dropoff or pick up, 8:15 am – 8:50 am and 3:00 pm – 3:40 pm. Limited visitor parking is available outside these hours should you have an appointment at the College, or are required to collect your child/children during school hours.

Secondary
Keeping all members of our College community safe is our priority at St Michael’s College. When using the LEC drop off, before or after school, please ensure that you continue moving forward where possible to reduce the banking up of cars inside the College grounds and subsequently on Lawrie Street. We have staff members assisting in different zones around the school and request all drivers to please follow requests to ensure the smooth flow of traffic, and allowing students to safely travel to and from school. Charles Sturt Council has recently visited Lawrie Street and Mitton Avenue after school and observed a number of drivers not adhering to the road rules and parking restrictions. Please be aware that the signs on the southern side of Lawrie Street have changed whereby two minute limits have been implemented and drivers must stay with their car. The Council have advised that the fine is currently $83 for not adhering to these limits.

Key reminders:

  • Please move as far forward as possible in drop off zones.
  • Please do not block access for buses.
  • Drive around the property if asked to move on from the two minute limit zone in Lawrie Street.
  • Do NOT allow students to enter or exit your vehicle from the driver’s side, especially when dropping off inside the LEC drop off zone.
  • No parking/drop off in staff parking area.
  • Following the above guidelines makes dropping off and picking up all children much safer for all our students and community members.

Please click the link below to read the updated bus service timetable and information.

Bus Information

Primary Campus

TEACHING AND LEARNING MATTERS

Schools are a place of learning and I’m not just talking subjects. At school we learn to read people and situations as much as we learn letters and numbers. At our school we want everybody to learn so that means being brave and giving things a go. If you don’t give it a go you will never know. This leads me to some great advice that I learnt this week from a podcast called Unlocking Us by Brene Brown. Brene Brown is a psychologist famous for a Ted talk on vulnerability but what has this got to do with school?

This week everyone in our community is experiencing the uncertainty of doing something for the first time. It could be something huge like starting school, it could be something smaller like having a classroom upstairs, even just travelling to school in a new way. Generally, when we do something for the first time whether we are a parent, staff member or student we feel excited and we say to ourselves, “I’ve got to do this,” and then we try the new thing and we realise we don’t have all the expertise just yet, then it becomes awkward and uncomfortable and we give up or stop. How many of us really enjoy the first few days and weeks and then it’s the little everyday things that really test us?

So, how does this apply to learning and how can we help each other learn? Isn’t that what we all come to school to do?

Here is a summary of Brene Brown’s advice to push through those awkward bits of doing something for the first time (not just school related!)

  1. Name it and make it normal – “Oh this weird feeling is because this is my first time doing this. Being brave is uncomfortable, it’s okay that my tummy is doing flips!“
  2. Put it into perspective – This feeling will not last forever and it doesn’t mean I can’t do anything. It means I’m in the middle of learning something new.
  3. Reality check expectations – It might take a little time to get this right or the way I want it.

Imagine the power we can all have when we get comfortable with being uncomfortable? When we know that we can get through hard things no matter how big or small?

So welcome to the 2021 school year for the first time and I know that we will all come out the other side with new information, new ideas, new habits, new skills, that’s how we get braver with our lives and with our hearts. I look forward to working with all our students and families for the first time at the primary campus.

PS Check out the podcast!

Ms Joanne Gilmore, Director of Teaching and Learning – Primary