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The Star E-Newsletter

Term 1 Week 9 2021

From the Principal

Dear St Michael’s College Community,

The Early Primary, Innovation and Art Centre was officially opened by Mrs Marie Dorrington OAM, Chair of the St Michael’s College, Adelaide Board on Tuesday morning. Student MC Alex Slattery welcomed our special guests, including Brother Visitor David Hawke FSC; St Michael’s College Board Members;  Old Scholars, in particular those from the original class of 1954; past leaders of the Primary campus Mr David Hine and Mr Shaun Fitzpatrick ; old scholar and Member for Cheltenham Mr Joe Szakacs; representatives from the building industry who oversaw this magnificent development; representatives from Catholic Education South Australia; and staff and students, particularly the girls and boys from our first ever Reception classes.

My own welcome included a brief history of the St Michael’s Primary campus and the evolution of co-education at the College, as well as recognition to Damian Patton and Dominic Lo Basso for their project leadership, Marie Dorrington for her determination in ensuring the scope of the design was centered around quality education, and our key project partners, Edge Architects and Sarah Constructions.

The formal celebration then commenced with a beautiful liturgy held outside in the Innovation Centre Courtyard, presided by Fr Paul Cashen, who holds a special connection with the College, being one of the original 29 boys who started at Beverley in 1954. The liturgy included a presentation of symbols which were presented by the Reception classes and included a VR headset, power tools, dinosaur, robot, sustainability project models and candles. The items hold a special meaning to capture the very essence of the space and how it is a canvas for inspiring young minds to give our youngest community members the opportunities to flourish and fully realise their potential. The candles represented the theme of “Let your light shine”.

In officially opening the new facility, Marie reflected on the exciting extension and expansive renovation, as well as the beginning of co-education within it. She expressed her awe, gratitude and overwhelming faith in the future of St Michael’s as a Catholic school in the Lasallian tradition providing her personal experience as a grandmother at the College. She proudly observed that her grandson knows he is “part of an inclusive and respectful community where he feels known, valued and cared for; he is aware that the positive learning culture of the College is authentic, challenging and supportive; and he is conscious his is ‘a quality Lasallian education, inspired by the Gospel and a concern for social justice’, where students are ‘empowered to better choose who they become as people, learners and leaders in the world’. 

Marie also reflected on the comments of former Superior General of the De La salle Brothers Br Alvaro, who said that Lasallian education is about:

being able to develop a kind of education that responds to a world very different than it was just a few years ago”

“bold and innovative changes that will respond to current needs”

“being able to offer hearts that are open to the young”

“being available to listen to young people, understand them and help them find meaning in their lives

Marie shared that due to ongoing collaboration, co-operation, commitment and much dialogue, the College facilities are now increasingly able to cater for the educational demands of our ever-changing world.

It was a particular pleasure to also have Br David Hawke FSC to assist in the unveiling of the plaque and to provide some heartfelt concluding words.

Thank you to all those involved in the planning and presentation of the official opening, including staff and students from both campuses.

We are looking forward to the Stage 2 development and the ongoing evolution of co-education which will see St Michael’s College become a fully co-educational school across R – 12 by 2027.

Kind regards,

John Foley

Weekly Communication and Important Dates

Weekly Communication and Important Dates


Mr Pat Schirripa
Much loved brother of Rocco Schirripa (Staff).

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


It is inevitable that in a school the size of St Michael’s College, many of our students will experience the illness and/or death of a close family member or friend. Many of you are familiar with my involvement with the families of the school. I would like to invite you to call me if there is any assistance I can offer with bereavements, funerals or support for your families during illness, whether it be a visit or prayers.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me directly via email: SrNithya@smc.sa.edu.au and/or mobile: 0432 340 268.

With blessings,
Sr Nithya, Pastoral Support Worker




1 April
School Run for Fun Colour Explosion (Primary)

2 April
Good Friday Public Holiday

4 April
Easter Sunday

5 April
Easter Monday Public Holiday

9 April
Mission Action Day

Please click here to view our online calendar.


Year 12 ties are available from the Bookroom to purchase for $22. For cash payments please go directly to the Bookroom. If paying with credit card, please pay at the front office and bring the receipt to the Bookroom for collection of the tie.

The collection of lost property is increasing with items such as drink bottles and lunch boxes.

Uniform items which are not named or hard to read are also accumulating. Items which are named will make their way back to the student via the class pigeonhole. Otherwise please come to the Bookroom to see if your property is here.

Please phone 8150 2304 with any enquiries.

Mrs Paula Rogers, Bookroom Manager

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Please click the link below for information regarding the upcoming Student/Parent/Teacher Interviews in early Term 2.

Student/Parent/Teacher Interviews



Thank you for the many positive responses received in relation to the email regarding the girls PE shorts. Further to this email, a new cut of Physical Education short is now available to purchase from the Uniform Shop. The cut is quite different to the current unisex version and should alleviate concerns surrounding the comfort of the shorts. Click here to visit the Dobson’s website.

Mrs Sally Nicholson, Head of Department Health & Physical Education – Secondary


In Week 7 and 8, the Year 9 Italian classes spent a day looking for traces of Italy in the Adelaide city centre. As they explored the area between Victoria Square and the North Terrace cultural precinct, they discovered the Italian influences in Adelaide’s design, architecture, public artwork and food. Students learned about and viewed the Italianate architectural features on many buildings, such as the keystones on the Adelaide Town Hall, and the many columns that adorn the facades of significant buildings such as Parliament House, The Magistrates Court and the Art Gallery.

“On the excursion I learned about the connection Adelaide has to Italy through the architecture and food. Italian culture has shaped Adelaide by integrating the Baroque style of architecture into some of Adelaide’s most important buildings. I realised I could understand most of the sentences Signora said through the key words”.  – Max Pook-Kathriner (9BPC-02)

Students learned about the connection between the bronze pigs in Rundle Mall and the Porcellino in Florence, and the scandal caused by the copy of Canova’s sculpture of Venus, outside Government House, which was the first public sculpture erected in Adelaide.

“I liked how teachers spoke Italian to us and that we had to understand it. I was surprised to compare Victoria Square to Piazza Navona and other piazze in Italy. I thought the excursion was successful because we learned quite a lot of new information”. – Sam Kindstrom (9BPC-06)

The boys were also fortunate that the timing of their excursion enabled them to attend the current Italian photographic exhibition, Italy Twilight Skylines from Police Helicopters, which is free and open to the public until 28 March. For more information click here.

Ms Angela Benedetti, Italian Coordinator – Secondary


The Year 12 Outdoor Construction class have been hard at work this term developing their construction skills while building various projects. The latest project they have begun is preparing an area in the Eco Garden for paving. The students have dug out weeds and tree roots before spreading road base over the area and getting it level. They then used the compactor to harden the ground ready for the paving sand. The paving sand was delivered during the lesson and the boys had to quickly move it from the footpath to the paving area as the truck could not fit through the gate. The project should be completed by early Term 2. Other projects include more planter boxes for the Eco Garden and ‘chicken play equipment’ for the chickens down at the Primary Campus.

Mr Matthew Anderson, Design and Technology Teacher – Secondary


Week 9: Self-Regulation

Hot chips are something I find hard to resist! Why is it that carrot sticks just don’t create the same physical response? Just the hint of a scent of hot chips with chicken salt, gets my salivary glands going… and it’s hard not to listen to them.

Self-regulation is the practiced ability to keep our motivation and behavior in check and manage it the best we can. It can be one of the most challenging character strengths to work on, and nourishes the virtue of temperance which protects us from excess. ‘The Karate Kid’ (who can forget… “wax on, wax off”?) is an example of a film where the protagonist develops this strength well.

Being able to manage self-regulation requires self-control and the ability to stay calm and look past the behavior of others around us that we can find abrasive or upsetting, or temptations, so that they do not direct our response in ways that might not be helpful. It’s also being mindful of how we are feeling and what has contributed to us feeling that way at any given moment.

Mastering the art of self-regulation can be challenging for anyone and is an area where young people, in particular, can struggle.  While there are a number of strategies that can support us in this journey, the practice of mindfulness is one which can increase our ability to attend to our self-regulation. This can be as simple as breathing practice and focusing on the breath. It anchors us and helps us to be present.

At Year 8 Mass this week, we remembered Mary at the time of the Annunciation. I wonder how much self-regulation she used at that moment when she learned about her important role to humanity, as a young woman at that historical time. I wonder how many of us would have the capacity to have the same grace.

During Lent, we reflect on Jesus’ 40 days in the desert. We can focus on self-regulation to direct our thoughts to what we can do to help others, and what we might go without to better support others, especially at this time, through Project Compassion.

In Pastoral Care this week our students also reflected on their digital footprint and the way in which it can impact on others as they viewed the performance of ‘Cyberia’ by Brainstorm Productions.  Self-regulation is also an important strength in allowing our students to find the balance needed to ensure that they navigate the digital space in a safe and respectful way, for themselves and for their many connections.

Below are reflections and comments from students:

“Today we watched a performance relating to cyberbullying. It was interesting because they used flashbacks, different costumes, a variation of characters and more. It was also really funny and suspenseful at times because they acted it out really well. This performance helped me have a better understanding about cyberbullying and the effects of it.” – Emi Pappas (7GPC-02)

“I found the presentation really eye catching to watch, but it also made me think about all the dangers of the internet. While watching the presentation it made me think about all these different scenarios. Am I being safe on the internet? Am I being careful not to let these situations happen to me, such as scamming, catfishing etc. The actors Alex and Miriam did an amazing job! Cybersafety is a huge concern for my generation and generations to come. We’re growing up on the internet so learning about certain threats are important. I also found the characters and outfits they wore creative and realistic and the stage was well set up and eye-catching for on lookers! Brainstorm Productions did an incredible job and I enjoyed their presentation very much.” – Isabella Ticca (7GPC-02)

“The performance involved an incredible amount of very valuable knowledge. I am sure all students were left with things to think about, and things they found useful. The whole performance revolved around the idea of thinking before you act and making sure your actions are kind. The performance was amazing and done by incredibly talented actors, who had the ability to completely immerse you in the show. Cyberbullying, a very prominent issue, was what the show revolved around. It stressed the idea that two wrongs do not make a right.” – Lucia Hillary (8GPC-01)

“This play was about self-regulation and making the right decisions online. The character, Ruby, made a bad decision while upset online. This decision impacted on her in more ways than imaginable. At the end of the day, she realised her mistakes and learned from them. We really enjoyed this performance because it taught us all a lesson on how important self-regulation is.” – Alex Breden, Antonia Bagnara and Giana Martino (9GPC-04)

“Some of the messages from Cyberia were to be safe online, to not meet with strangers and not trust everything online”. – Hamish Sexton (8BPC-02)

“Some of the key messages from the play Cyberia were to seek out help if you need it, be there for others when they need it, think before you post, think about how a current choice can affect you later, don’t spend all your time online, and don’t bully”. – Luca Moffett (8BPC-02)

As the students indicate, we can all benefit from focusing on an area of our lives that could benefit from self-control (the use of technology, for example). Ironically, there are helpful apps that can help to keep track of how much time we spend on our devices! We can think about our current approach in any area of life and think about what we might alter. We can use self- regulation to be a little better today than we were yesterday, leading us all to be the best we can be.

Warm wishes for a rewarding week!

Mrs Tonia Carfora, Year 7-9 Learning and Wellbeing Initiatives Leader


From 16 to 23 March, students at St Michael’s College competed against students in 4,116 schools around the world in the Education Perfect Languages Championships.

Well done to all students who competed this year and contributed to our position as 1st in SA for Italian out of 43 schools, and 3rd, globally for Italian out of 116 schools in the 1000+ students category. Whilst we may not have won the competition as a whole across all languages, it is important to recognise that although we have 1675 students registered with EP, our stellar result for Italian (yet again) this year was the result of the efforts of 246 individuals who held Mitcham Girls’ High School at bay with a gap of almost 7,000 points!

Special congratulations to the following students, who have qualified for certificates, demonstrating persistence, curiosity and love of learning:

These will be presented at a later date. For the complete list of results please click here.

It was also wonderful, as always, to see that students at SMC have continued to use this opportunity to explore their curiosities and try their hand at other languages, resulting in additional great achievements: Arabic (3rd out of 24 schools in SA), Spanish (12th out of 40), Japanese (16th out of 48), French (23rd out of 41), German (25th out of 45), and Indonesian (11th out of 30), despite none of these languages being offered by our school. It is worth remembering that because they are registered with EP for the year, students can continue to explore the other language options throughout the year, not just during competition time.

Stay tuned for details about the SMC Italian Week Competition in Term 2 and the South Australian Language Championships coming up later in the year.

Ms Angela Benedetti, Italian Coordinator – Secondary


Thank you to all who attended the information night on Tuesday evening. It was really affirming to have such a positive feeling amongst parents and staff present, as we discussed some data around young adolescents and a positive approach to learning and wellbeing in the Junior Secondary School. The feedback was overwhelming, and it was clear that our students really shone as ambassadors for themselves, their families and the College.  I take this opportunity to thank Year 10 students Daniella D’Silva (10PC-04), Erin Tunbridge (10PC-04), Piper Thomas (10PC-10), Lily-Mae Balkwill (10PC-05), Giovanni Troia (10PC-02), Hudson Utry (10PC-04) and Ayan Vaid (10PC-04), for giving up their time to prepare for and attend this event, and Marcus DePalma (10PC-05) for his support of the ‘team’.

As a result of popular demand, we are investigating how best to share the slides from the evening and will make them available as soon as possible.

Thank you again for your warm interest and collaboration.

Mrs Tonia Carfora, Year 7-9 Learning and Wellbeing Initiatives Leader

Careers and VET Services


A reminder to Year 10 students who wish to undertake a VET Course (see list in previous newsletter here) next semester, that they must return their Expressions of Interest forms to the LEC reception desk before the end of this term. As mentioned in last week’s newsletter, please note that the Defense Industry Pathways Program is no longer being offered by TAFESA. Students undertaking the Sport Coaching Course (through Sports Science) do not need to return a form as they have already selected this during subject selection.


The Western Technical College located in Rosewater is a joint venture between Mount Carmel College, Catholic Education SA and the state government. It is a trade centre where many of the VET Courses are offered and it is currently undergoing additions to provide more opportunities to our students. Once complete, the centre will offer Construction, Metal Engineering, Hair/Makeup, Electrotechnology, Automotive and Information Technology. TAFESA is the Registered Training organisation.

Mr Kevin Woolford, VET Coordinator


A final reminder that on Sunday 28 March, this year’s most important Career Expo will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 10:00am to 4:00pm.

This is one of the few times interstate Universities will be represented in Adelaide. The Defence Force, SA Police, TAFESA and South Australian universities will all be represented. Samantha Jackson from the US Consulate will be at The EducUSA Booth to discuss Sports Scholarships to the USA.

To register please click here and for more information please click here.


Are you interested in a sports scholarship and combined study at the same time?

The USA Consulate in Melbourne provides access to a knowledgeable and skilled advisor Samantha Jackson. She will be visiting Adelaide for the Tertiary and Careers Expo this Sunday, 28 March and has informed us there is likely to be an information session at Westminster School on Tuesday 30 March from 6:00pm to 7:30pm.

Families will be able to register for this session once we send the link via the daily notices to Year 9, 10, 11 and 12 students next week. We encourage interested families to ‘like’ their Facebook page as they may have information regarding these sessions before the College has access.

Students interested in a USA pathway must choose the right subjects from Year 9 to be eligible for all USA colleges and universities as your marks count from Semester 1, Year 9.


Year 11 and Year 12 students are invited to participate in a special type of assessment to gauge their suitability for university. Based on a student’s participation and ‘score’, the student may be offered a place in a specified course at Flinders University the year after Year 12. The offer is not based on their ATAR.

Students will receive information as to which Flinders University courses are part of this scheme. It is also available on the SEQTA Careers and VET Tile under ‘Important Information’. Courses with a high ATAR such as Paramedics, Medicine, and Physiotherapy are not a part of the course.

In most cases, all that will be required to take up the conditional offer will be to achieve SACE and get a C or better for any pre requisite subjects. Successful Year 11 students would therefore enter Year 12 knowing they have an offer for university. Students are under no obligation to accept the offer at the end of Year 12 and can have other preferences at any university based on their ATAR.

This conditional offer may allow students to undertake more challenging subjects given they do not have to be as focused on their ATAR. For many of our students who have journeyed through Year 12 with this offer it has reduced anxiety.

To participate in the Assessment Day, students need to firstly register their interest by sending an email to Ms Coorey. The first 48 students who respond before Wednesday 7 April will then be invited to formally apply. This involves completing some paperwork, including a half page on why they believe they are suited to the course of study they have identified. They will also be required to ask a teacher (they currently have in Semester 1, 2021) to complete a brief assessment of their tertiary readiness.

The application will then be submitted and Flinders University will send a pack that requires one hour of work to be completed before the Assessment Day on Tuesday 18 May at the College.

Students who have participated in the Conditional Offer Assessment Day in the past have really enjoyed it and they have not felt pressured. There are group discussions, creative tasks, and a writing exercise.

We ask parents/caregivers to check-in and encourage their sons/daughters to respond to this offer. The deadlines are very strict and responses must come from students, not parents/caregivers, as this is the first measure of a student’s readiness for tertiary studies.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms Rose Coorey: rose.coorey@smc.sa.edu.au

To indicate your interest, students will be asked to respond by sending Ms Coorey an email that covers the five points below:

  1. Year level and pastoral class.
  2. Courses at Flinders University that you are interested in. For more information click here. Note: One of the listed courses MUST be from the list of eligible courses that can be seen on the Careers and VET Portal Tile on SEQTA / Important Information/ Alternative Pathways.
  3. I am happy to participate on Tuesday 18 May and commit to catching up on school work missed. Yes / No
  4. My parents/caregivers are supportive of my involvement. Yes/ No
  5. I will check my emails over the April school holidays to see what I need to do next. Yes/ No

Ms Rose Coorey and Mr Anthony Vizaniaris, Career Counsellors

Community Notes

Community Notes


As we enter Holy Week, we continue to reflect on the lives of people vulnerable to extreme poverty and injustice and how we can respond through supporting Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion appeal.

Let us take time to remember the life and teachings of Saint Oscar Romero. His many lessons include live a simple life, commit to bringing peace to the world, speak the truth, and of course aspire not to have more, but to be more. Some words from what has become known as the Oscar Romero prayer, ‘We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realising that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest”.

Thank you for supporting Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion Campaign. Your generosity will work for the freedom of those living in poverty, challenge unjust structures, and empower people to work for a sustainable way of life.

Please return all Project Compassion boxes and envelopes to the school office by Friday 28 May or donate online via the Caritas website.


Pope Francis has encouraged Catholics to support and defend families by making an effort to be close to them in the struggles and joys of their daily lives.

In a video message on Friday for the start of the Amoris Laetitia Family year, the Pope said: “We are called to accompany, to listen, to bless the journey of families; not only to trace the direction, but to make the journey with them”.

It is not enough to just reiterate doctrine, he said. We are called “to enter homes with discretion and with love, to say to spouses: the Church is with you, the Lord is close to you, we want to help you keep the gift you have received”.

Pope Francis has dedicated a year to deepening the Church’s pastoral accompaniment of families, as outlined in Francis’ 2016 apostolic exhortation ‘Amoris Laetitia’.

In his message, the Pope noted how important family ties have been during the coronavirus pandemic, even as families have been under extra pressure from the many challenges brought by the virus.

“So let’s support the family,” he urged, “let’s defend it from what compromises its beauty. Let us approach this mystery of love with amazement, with discretion and tenderness”.

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