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The Star E-Newsletter

Term 2 Week 6 2021

From the Principal

Dear St Michael’s College Community,

COVID-19
I remind all families of the communication emailed earlier this week from our Deputy Principals relating to COVID-19. As outlined in the letter, the current lockdown in Victoria reminds us of ever-changing COVID-19 conditions and the importance for us all at St Michael’s College to remain alert and aware of the plans should a short or long term school closure be required. The communication also contained key information on the St Michael’s College Education Continuity Plan and was provided for your quick access, should the need arise.

Details included:

  1. The school closure process should the need arise and the need for a family plan
  2. Online Teaching and Learning
  3. Guidelines for Parents/Caregivers

Kids Helpline
‘Lasallian Outlook’ recently highlighted the wonderful ongoing work of Yourtown, including the shining service achievement that is Kids Helpline (KHL), 30 years old this year. As outlined in the article, “Kids Helpline is a free, private and confidential counselling service for children and young people, and is the sole one, Australia-wide. KHL professionally trains counsellors who are available 24/7 via phone, Web Chat and email. Children and young people can contact the service about anything and for any reason. KHL answers many thousands of contacts every year and on a range of issues important to young people today”. I recommend this service to young people and their families, with resources and the range of contact modes available through the Kids Helpline Website.

Pastoral Support
Unfortunately, there are times when families within the St Michael’s College community will be faced with particularly difficult times. As a Catholic, Lasallian community, we are committed to supporting families who are experiencing situations of illness, death or general grief. Sr Nithya, in her role of Pastoral Support Worker, is a significant point of contact between the school and the home in such cases and we would encourage you to contact her should the need arise. If you would like to make contact with Sr Nithya, please feel free to call the front office, or email her at SrNithya@smc.sa.edu.au.

 

 

Kind regards,

John Foley
Principal

Weekly Communication and Important Dates

Weekly Communication and Important Dates

IMPORTANT DATES

11 June
Staff Professional Development Day – NO CLASSES

14 June
Queen’s Birthday – PUBLIC HOLIDAY

20 June
Come Together Performance – purchase your tickets here

21 June
Dr Tessa Opie ‘in your skin’ Parent Session (6:00–7:30 pm) – register your attendance here

Please click here to view our online calendar.

LOST PROPERTY

The collection of lost property is increasing with items such as drink bottles and lunch boxes which need to be claimed before the end of the term otherwise they will be donated or disposed of.

There are various non-school items such as sporting club hats, jumpers, and many items leftover from camps such as a sleeping bag.

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.

The Bookroom is open between 8:00am and 4:00pm excluding Wednesdays.

Please phone 8150 2304 with any enquiries.

Mrs Paula Rogers, Bookroom Manager

ENTERTAINMENT BOOK

Support our fundraising and purchase an Entertainment Book membership. Click here for more information. To view this weeks special offer, please click here.

PARENT SESSION WITH DR TESSA OPIE

St Michael’s College is delighted to partner with Dr Tessa Opie, Founder and Director of ‘your skin’ and an expert consultant on healthy and respectful relationships. For the first time at SMC, parents/caregivers are invited to attend a session by Dr Opie to discuss what we can do as parents/caregivers and role models, to positively encourage our young people to develop a healthy and realistic sense of self and ‘other’. Dr Tessa Opie is dedicated to exploring how young people can be equipped with practical information and be empowered to navigate respectful, intimate relationships, including consent, negotiation, and refusal skills.

As she explores the world of relationships that our young people are attempting to interpret, she will address the impact of the media, including online pornography, on our children’s attitudes and expectations about sexual activity. Other topics to be discussed include how to:

  • Develop healthy relationship skills.
  • Identify personal values and relationship needs.
  • Determine boundaries around preferred sexual activity.
  • Communicate and negotiate sexual activity.
  • Understand and identify coercion.
  • Understand, express, and recognise consent.
  • Enjoy healthy, consenting, and egalitarian relationships.

Staff are also participating in a separate professional development session with Dr Opie. After the parent/caregiver session, Dr Opie will be speaking to our Year 10 students on 24 June 2021. Further information on Dr Tessa Opie and her work is available here.

Attendance numbers will measure the success of this engagement. In keeping with COVID-19 guidelines, numbers are capped at two guests per family. Please secure your free ticket(s) and register your attendance by Thursday, 17 June 2021.

DATE: Monday, 21 June 2021
TIME: 6:00 – 7:30 PM
VENUE: Auditorium, Lasallian Education Centre (enter via Lawrie Street)

Register your attendance here

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

Whole School

“AU REVOIR” FROM MARY POPPINS AND FRIENDS

After four hugely successful performances of the St Michael’s College Musical ‘Mary Poppins Jr.’, it was with elation and a strong sense of achievement that the cast and crew said “au revior” to the Woodville Town Hall and each other. Scenes backstage after the final show were both jubilant and emotional. Students felt so proud of the high-quality performance they achieved together, as well as a sense of sadness that it was over.

For four days students enjoyed exchanging the daily rigor of life in the classroom for a professional theatrical experience. In this they honed their performance skills, strengthened friendships with students across campuses and year levels, and enjoyed listening to the encouraging claps and cheers from adoring audiences. This experience for all staff and students involved will be highly memorable and will be a reminder of the power of the Arts to forge friendships, build confidence, and change lives for the better.

On behalf of the cast and crew I would like to thank the members of the St Michael’s community for their overwhelming support and generosity. This musical has brought us closer together, encouraged us to be brave and challenge ourselves, and keep in mind that, as Mary herself sings, “anything can happen if you let it.”

Mrs Emily Burns, Musical Director

click here to see performance photos

Primary Campus

NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK AT THE PRIMARY CAMPUS

Classes from Reception to Year 6 have been very busy this year in engaging in various actions in class and the school grounds to celebrate Indigenous culture and history.

Beginning on 27 May, the campus learned about National Sorry Day in class. Year 2 students responded to a Clickview video by making National Sorry Day posters on the ‘Sketches’ app which were very diverse and colourful.

As a part of the Aboriginal Cultural Residency Program, this is our third year of engaging with special visitor, Martin Pascoe, to co-create learning with a select year level about cultural perspectives and relationship with an Indigenous Australian. Martin has been working with the Year 4 classes on film-making techniques and exploring issues such as identity, resilience and cultural survival. We look forward to seeing some of their films after the seven week program has concluded.

Martin has also been working with our Aboriginal students and Ms Tyrwhitt on cultural expressions, podcasting and making a film for a personalised, site specific “Acknowledgement of Country”.

Indigenous focus in the art room has taken the form of Rarrk style painting with Receptions, Year 3 Tjanpi Desert Weaving and Year 6 Sketches National Reconciliation Week posters.

Reception classes shared some of their discovery learning through play in conversation and actions. Click here to read this article.

To view the Receptions ‘Acknowledgement of Country’, please click here.

It is very encouraging to see all year levels getting involved in National Reconciliation Week and see that we are delivering in our Reconciliation Action Plan.

Ms Kate Tyrwhitt, Art & Design Teacher – Primary

NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK 2021 – SMC@78

The theme of Reconciliation Week “More than a Word. Reconciliation takes Action”, galvanised some of the Primary Campus Leaders into action.

In the lead up to the week, some of the Primary Campus Leaders have organized ‘The Great Book Swap’ to raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. All students and staff have been encouraged to bring a book and for a gold coin donation they can swap this book for a new one. Some students find it too hard to part with their precious books so have been donating a gold coin and purchasing new ones. We are hoping to raise $150 and on our first day we raised $40 so we’re a third of the way there!

Why books and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation?

Ex AFL player, Adam Goodes, believes in the power of reading, and in an interview last year he spoke about the work of the indigenous Literacy Foundation, “I’ve been visiting community centers and schools for 20+ years and what I’ve seen is that kids are kids, they want to learn. They learn from experiences, they ask questions when they don’t know something. That to me is the confidence you get from learning new words, and something I definitely took for granted growing up.”

Where and how do we get the power of words? From reading.

I am proud of the action that the Primary Campus Leaders have taken, with special mention to Jeremy, Nikola and Oliver who really got this initiative off the ground. Their actions speak louder than words!

If you would like to donate you can do so by clicking here.

Mrs Joanne Gilmore, Director of Teaching & Learning – Primary

NRW MAKING CONNECTIONS: YEAR 4 VISUAL ART

At the Art Gallery
“I wonder how the artist made this?” “How many sets of eyes can you see?” “What happened after this?” These are some of the questions posed to Year 4 students at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

The students and teachers explored the Elder Wing of Australian Art and The Melrose Wing of International Art on Monday afternoon. It was here that our group observed, pondered, and discussed the materials, historical significance, social context and artistic techniques within the permanent collection.

Many of the works related to our students’ current focus on Indigenous Art to compliment their program with Martin Pascoe, National Reconciliation Week and studies in Term 3. Ryan Presley’s  “Blood Money – Infinite Dollar Note – Uncle Stephen Gadlabarti Goldsmith Commemorative” from a series of water colours, was a particularly popular artwork with the students.

Connecting to a prominent West Australian Artist
Earlier in the term, Year 4 students learned about the art of Abdul-Rahman Abdullah. He is a significant young artist in Australia and his works are often described as being of a “magical realism” theme. The artworks that the students produced in response to his works were in drawn form and in 3D design. They were very impressive and engaging. This motivated Ms Tyrwhitt to send a movie slide show of selected artworks and create a Flipgrid Mixtape to the artist and his gallery in WA.

The artist and gallery were very impressed and happy to receive the students’ artworks and wrote an email back. Abdul-Rahman even made a personalized video message to the young artists which Ms Tyrwhitt shared in the art class. Experiences like this bring the life and works of artists closer to the students and equally inspire the artists that their works are having an impact on people of all ages.

To view the Flipgrid Mixtape please click here.

To view the video of student artwork please click here.

PODCASTING – SMC@78

Since the beginning of the year, a group of Year 5 students have gone outside their comfort zones and learnt how to create professional podcasts. This has been a joint project with James Meston from ARCH D Radio and Podcast who each fortnight has been taking our students through their paces.

In the finest Lasallian tradition of “don’t do anything for a student they can do for themselves”, students have been challenged to be original, creative and technical. The podcast topics, questions, artwork , music and blurbs have all been created by the students . The first of our episodes have now dropped and can be listened to wherever you get your podcasts.

Our students have been the youngest to undertake this first level of podcasting and I believe we have uncovered some new talent. We continue our podcast journey as we begin level one with a new group of Year 6 students and a few of the Year 5’s will continue with level two. As we grow in expertise, we hope that podcasting will become a regular feature  of school life and we know that we are fortunate to have a great space to learn and amazing equipment to develop our skills with.

In our first two episodes, Year 5 students Finn and Gurshaan try to discover what they would do if they were teleported to a desert in ‘Teleported to a Random Place’, while Frank and Charlie talk about the ‘Drawing from a Squiggle’ game in their podcast. Check out these episodes via your favourites podcast platform below:

Mrs Joanne Gilmore, Director of Teaching & Learning – Primary

 

Secondary Campus

CHECK OUT THIS ARTICLE ON FACEBOOK – DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES

We encourage you to follow St Michael’s College on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date with the latest news and life at the College.

YEAR 11 AND 12 ITALIAN IMMERSION CAMP

McLaren Vale: dove i vigneti incontrano il mare
Article by “Ashtonio Bandierino” e “Ricardo Torpedini”

Like this magnifico red capsicum pictured here, our Italian skills flourished over the two days at the meraviglioso Serafino winery, and like a fine wine, or a De Lorenzian beard, our skills got better with age and by the end of the camp we were speaking Italian better than Dante Alighieri himself!

A variety of carefully designed activities (by il nostro magico mago di SMC, Prof De Lorenzis and la bibliotecaria brillante, Prof Pepe-Micholos) allowed us to expand our vocabulary and further our understanding of la lingua italiana, within the context of current topics of study, such as Italian cuisine, and stereotypes, with a key focus on expanding and consolidating our speaking skills.

click here to read the rest of this article
YEAR 11 MFS – ROAD AWARENESS PROGRAM

On Wednesday morning, the Year 11 cohort heard from firefighter, Jarred, who presented the Metropolitan Fire Service’s Road Awareness Program (RAP). The presentation is a hard-hitting road safety session designed specifically for Year 11 students. It is delivered to young drivers across South Australia and aims to provide an insight into the experience of firefighters working in road crash rescue. RAP seeks to actively engage and empower all road users, including drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians, while communicating their core message: “you get to choose the risk; but you don’t get to choose the consequences!”

During the 100-minute presentation, our students were given a confronting insight into road crash trauma including vision of real crashes and crash survivors. Guest speaker, Michael Tillbrook, shared about the emotional loss of his son, who was a passenger in a speeding car, which resulted in a fatal crash.

“The RAP presentation was an insightful talk about the responsibilities we as young adults have as drivers, pedestrians and passengers on the road. We discussed the main causes of fatalities and injuries on the road, along with a real insight to the long-term effects of careless driving, not only to yourself but the lives around you. Michael, our guest speaker, shared with us his personal story and how one small decision changed his life forever. Jared also shared preventative measures that we can take to save lives on the road. Overall, we gained valuable lessons to keep safe on the roads and to be aware of the lives that we may impact”. – Vy Le, Claudia Sherratt, Ella Gunter (Year 11 students)

The Year 11s gained an understanding of the consequences of their choices on the road.

Ms Anna Porcelli, Year 11 Director

CYBERSAFETY AND STUDENTS

Susan McLean from CyberSafety Solutions spoke to Year 7 to 9 and Year 10 to 11 students in two separate sessions on Friday, 28 May. The focus of the presentation was on safe internet use. Mrs McLean said two problems are prevalent—cyberbullying and premature use of social media.

The most common social media platforms for young people are Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, WhatsApp and TikTok.  Mrs McLean said, “If there is an ability to communicate through it, it will be misused.” She also added, “There is no such thing as a safe platform, only safe use practices”.

The problem with cyberbullying is that the abuse often happens outside the school environment. A key part of the presentation to students and staff was that users need to be kind, respectful, feel part of a team, be brave, and understand the implications of one’s reputation when entering any cyber or social media platform.

Other points included:

  • Nothing is deleted from the internet – it is there forever.
  • One is never anonymous online due to digital footprints or digital tattoos.
  • Posts and comments can be found years after first placed online.
  • Do not share passwords.
  • When creating and naming an email address, be conscious of the impression created to others, such as future employers.

Cyberbullying or technology misuse are issues dealt with by all schools. It is often the misuse of technology outside of school hours that is time-consuming and confronting for school leaders and teachers. At St Michael’s College, we have a duty of care to our students and families to acknowledge and take action on any online issues. In partnership with parents/caregivers, our role is to educate, help prevent and investigate alleged misuse of technology. As a community, we remain steadfast and transparent in our commitment to being proactive in all areas that help us ensure we have a safe community for each student to flourish. By working together, we can embrace technology and provide the necessary education while keeping students safe. All students are encouraged to approach any staff member to report problems or breaches of the Mobile Device Policy or online technology misuse. The community can rest assured that investigations will be conducted efficiently while considering the sensitivities that may come into play.

Mr Matthew Williams, Deputy Principal – Pastoral

YEARS 7-9 LEARNING AND WELLBEING CHARACTER STRENGTH FOCUS

Week 6: Bravery

This week’s strength is a big one! Bravery. At times we all wish we had more of it. When I asked one of the Year 12 classes I work with for words they associate with bravery this week, their immediate responses included: Superman, Wonder Woman, courage, strength, and selflessness.

Bravery is about doing the right thing even when it’s hard and we are afraid. It’s not avoiding challenges or difficult circumstances and speaking up for what is right, even if we feel that others may disagree (Institute of Positive Education Cultivating Character Strengths). This definition tells us it isn’t just a trait of superbeings; it’s a strength we all have at our disposal, though at times it takes fortitude.

Susan McLean, a renowned expert in cyber safety and the digital footprint, spoke to our students last week imploring them to be kind, use teamwork and be brave to protect their digital reputation and personal safety. Over the course of their education at St Michael’s, our students hear from many outstanding guest speakers who showcase this strength. Sonya Ryan is another strong example, as you may remember.

While we all wish we had more of it, as strengths go, we can continue to build on bravery, so we don’t “fight, fly or freeze” as much! This innate response to stressors is almost a part of our DNA; it’s a survival instinct intended to protect us from harm. It also means, however, that our brains aren’t geared to formulate creative solutions when we are in this state of alarm, so it isn’t always the most helpful response!

In truth, if we don’t face some of our fears, they can limit our progress, as I emailed students this week. Some of us have a fear of heights for example, others have a fear of confined spaces, many of us fear public speaking. I tick all these boxes! Those things that make us feel uncomfortable could be stopping us from doing things and whilst the response is intended to keep us safe, it really could be limiting our potential too!

In each family or amongst our friends, or colleagues, we can reflect on many examples of bravery. I can think of many colleagues, students, friends and family members who have faced enormous challenges. They somehow manage the challenge, whatever it is, head on and come out the other side stronger and more resourceful.

Whilst bravery is not one of my strongest strengths, personally I find that I can draw on it more successfully with a combination of curiosity, wonder, and hope. A bit like a strengths cocktail! I know that as toddlers, my own kids were fearless!  When I reflect on this, I really believe it’s the sense of curiosity and wonder that overrides any potential fear! I find that when I wonder about things that otherwise I find confronting, I manage to freeze less and discover options more; it enhances my creativity and my ability to find solutions, rather than direct me to run and hide.  The hope that I draw on tells me it will be ok and inspires me to stick to my goals!

As we remember the brave people in our lives, in our workplaces and in films or society, let’s be inspired by their strength this week. Together with bravery, we can draw on the curiosity of little children and hope, always, to support us when we face challenge.

Have an inspiring week!

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

Careers and VET Services

VET WORK EXPERIENCE

Many VET Courses have a Work Experience component and it is important that these hours are not left to the last minute. A reminder that all students who have received Government Funding through the Training Guarantee for SACE Students (TGSS) Scheme must complete 70 hours of Work Experience before the end of the year. This is part of the signed contract and failure to complete the hours may result in reimbursement. Note that if a student is planning to do Work Experience in the Term 2 holidays, that all paperwork must be handed in to Mr Vizaniaris by the end of Week 7. Please contact me if you have any questions about this.

Mr Kevin Woolford, VET Coordinator

YEAR 12 VIDEOS – PREPARING FOR A JOB AND ATAR SCALING

This week in Year 12, during the extended pastoral lesson, students were encouraged to view videos available on the Year 12 portal. There is a video that complements their Pastoral Care Resource Booklet, explaining how the ATAR is calculated. In addition to this, there is a video for students who are not aiming study at a tertiary level in 2022: with 10 steps to preparing for a job offer in 2022. At this stage of the year, the Career Counsellors get many questions regarding scaling. We encourage families to check out the scaling video on the SATAC website.

FLINDERS UNI HOLIDAY ENGINEERING WORKSHOP YR 11 & YR 12 STUDENT

If you are interested in engineering (Biomedical, Electrical, Electronic, Civil and Mechanical), find out about different areas in this one day workshop on Thursday 8 July at Flinders Tonsley Campus.

Click here to register ASAP.

UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE OPEN DAYS

The University of Melbourne have sent their most recent update regarding their open days for interstate students. These dates are subject to changes based on COVID lockdown requirements. Click here for more information.

BOND UNIVERSITY, GOLD COAST QUEENSLAND

Bond University is a private university located on the Gold Coast. They offer a broad range of degrees, and in most study areas, run an accelerated three-trimester pathway that does not have long breaks between semesters. This means that you can complete a standard bachelor’s degree in 2 years rather than 3. Whilst courses are not Commonwealth HECS funded and appear to be more expensive, many students compete for a scholarship and the remainder of fees can be delayed under the FEE-HELP system if approved.

As a guide, the Bachelor of Journalism course has a $93,000 fee attached (without the additional living expenses to be based on the Gold Coast). But you may wish to weigh this up against scholarship opportunities, promising graduate pathways for Bond journalism graduates, the quality of teaching and learning, access to the extensive onsite facilities, and networking opportunities. As previously mentioned, students generally graduate in two years rather than three years. Please note students cannot be awarded scholarships for the study of Medicine.

A representative from Bond University will be visiting St Michael’s College this coming Tuesday and interested Year 11 and 12 students have been invited to email Ms Coorey by Monday if they wish to attend this session.

Students may wish to investigate Scholarship opportunities in this first instance. Click here for more information.

LANGUAGES OTHER THAN ENGLISH AND GLOBAL OPPORTUNITIES

At St Michael’s College we try and ensure that Year 9 students consider the value of continuing with a language other than English. If students are interested in an alternative subject to Italian (studied here at St Michael’s) the Adelaide School of Languages have other options available. Please click here for more information.

There are many advantages with continuing another language, in terms of future employability, intercultural understanding, and other options in South Australia within the international space and Defence industries, and as a requirement for some of the Division 1 USA Colleges. SACE reward Year 12 students with two bonus points towards their selection rank ATAR if students pass a Language other than English in Year 12.

INTERESTING CAREER RESOURCES

We remind families that we have an extensive Careers and VET Portal accessible through the black and green tile on SEQTA. There is a large amount of information, videos and other formats which detail many occupations and industries. St Michael’s encourages students to investigate the ‘For Students’ information, as shown in the image below.


APPRENTICESHIPS & TRAINEESHIPS

Many of the St Michael’s College VET students attend the Western Technical College at Rosewater. The Technical College now have a great job board which is accessible on their website. We encourage all students looking for employment to click here.

TORRENS UNIVERSITY VIRTUAL EXPO CHANGE OF DATE

Torrens University have rescheduled the virtual expo date to give students more time to register and prepare. Please be aware, there will be many Universities from Australia Wide joining in, not just Torrens University.

The new date is Friday 16 July from 11:30 am – 7:00 pm (AEST).

Students can login, ask live questions and watch live seminars anytime between 11.30 am and 7.00 pm. They also have the option to watch any seminars and presentations on-demand, as well as explore the exhibitors stands, download course guides and take virtual campus tours.

For more information and to see the full list of our exhibitors, click here.

YEAR 13 EXPO COMPETITION

The Year 13 Expo Competition has three $10,000 scholarships available. Please refer to the supplied information below:

“Still want to win one of those 3 x $10,000 scholarships? Well, what are you waiting for? All you need to do is…

  1. Pull out your phone
  2. Reverse your camera and hit record
  3. Answer these 2 questions:
    What would you do if money was no object?
    How would you use $10K to fund your future and fuel your passions?

We just want to hear what you’re passionate about! And don’t stress, we’re not gonna be judging you on how high quality your video is

Once your video is ready to go, please do the following:

  • Submit your video to socials@year13.com.au
  • Title the email “I DESERVE THE YEAR 12 SCHOLARSHIP”
  • Put in your name, age and what state you’re from

And that’s it – your entry is complete! We will stop taking submissions by 11:59pm on 9 June, so be quick!

We’ll be announcing the winners on the 21 June.”

YEAR 12 REVISION PROGRAMS JULY HOLIDAYS

St Michael’s College is blessed with very devoted Year 12 teachers who go above and beyond to maximise the learning and revision opportunities for our students. Many will run revision sessions in the upcoming July holidays.

Some students prefer to be more independent and try the private companies that run their own revision programs for profit.

We supply the links for your families own consideration. Please be aware that many companies offer a significant early bird enrolment discount.

University of Adelaide
Adelaide Education Consultants
Adelaide Tuition Centre

YEAR 11 SEMESTER 2 SUBJECT CHANGES

Students who wish to consider changing subjects for Semester 2, 2021 have been invited to visit Student Services and complete the required paperwork. If students wish to consider how changes may impact on future pathways, they are invited to visit the LEC and book an appointment with Ms Coorey or Mr Vizaniaris.

Often at this stage of the year, we see students reluctant to continue with challenging subjects and some students only wish to complete one compulsory Maths requirement. As Career Counsellors, we like to discuss with students how short-term decision making may impact on longer term success. Whilst the University courses have very few prerequisites or assumed knowledge, there is a range of subjects that do prepare students for particular success at Tertiary level. For example, students contemplating Health Sciences, PE Teaching, Nursing, and Exercise Science would be strongly encouraged to compete Yr 11 Biology. The key to planning is to look at the first-year subjects’ students would cover in their desired University Course.

Often continuing in challenging subjects requires a renewed mindset, but often contributes to broader growth and potential for higher levels of achievement in Year 12.

Students wanting to aim for traineeships and/or apprenticeships are strongly encouraged to touch base so we can check they are on the right path. The value of a relevant VET experience rates very highly for an apprenticeship.

The continuation of a full year of Year 11 maths is valuable for trade apprenticeships and TAFESA pathways as well. To access subsidised fees at TAFESA, students need to pass a CSPA Test covering writing, reading and numeracy. Hence the continuation in maths can keeps up these numeracy skills. Please click here for more information.

Students contemplating pathways in the Defence Force, and/or an American college sports scholarship need to check their pathways carefully as there are many rules regarding prerequisite subjects.

Students should be mindful of study pathways for Year 12 and are reminded that the St Michael’s Curriculum Booklet details the assumed knowledge required from Year 11 subjects. Click here for more information.

INTERESTED IN AVIATION?

Students who are interested in Aviation or the Aeronautical industry will be interested to know, Glenunga International High School will be running another Stage 1 Aviation Studies course in Semester 2. It is resulted under SACE Scientific Studies and is open for external students to apply. The Stage 1 course is recommended for Yr 10 and 11 students and it prepares students for the Stage 2 Aviation Studies course that they can complete in 2022.

This course covers the theory component of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) Recreational Pilot’s Licence (RPL) and examines students in Basic Aeronautical Knowledge under the guidance of the Murray Bridge Flying School. The course incorporates the RPL into Stage 2 Scientific Studies and is concerned principally with flight operations.

If a student wants entry into the Royal Australian Air Force, to fly for a commercial airline or pursue a career in aviation, they can gain an advantage when applying for post school opportunities within the aviation industry.

Topics are focused around fixed-wing, single and twin-engine aircraft, and include aviation units and charts, aerodynamics, flight operation and performance, flight planning, meteorology, navigation, and radio navigation.

Students will use focused software and access our desktop multi-functional Synthetic Flight Trainer (SFT). This simulates different types of aircraft from basic analogue single-engine to full avionics multi-engine turbine propeller aircraft. The Flight Simulator at the ASMS is also utilised.

A recreational pilot licence authorises pilots to fly light, single-engine aircraft as the pilot in command, independently of a flying school and without supervision. (To complete the RPL students will need to complete at least 25 hours flying time, which is not part of this course but can be organised separately).

SACE Credits: Stage 1, 10 credits
Course Length: Semester
Training Day & Time: Tuesdays 2:30 – 5:30pm at Glenunga International High School
Commencement Date: Week 1, Term 3, 2021
Dress Code: School uniform
Program Cost (per student): $250 (These fees cover the course text and notes and a polo shirt for the Stage 1 course).  Students are also enrolled 0.2 in the subject at GIHS. EASVA Admin fee per enrolment – $50 Department for Education schools, $100 Non-Department for Education schools.

Interested students should have B grade passes or better in maths and science subjects.

Please see Mr Woolford ASAP if you are interested.

SCHINDLER APPRENTICE INFORMATION NIGHT

Schindler is a global provider of elevators, escalators and moving walks. Apprenticeships are available as outlined below:

“Through a world class program, over four years you will take on regular structured in-house training, gain a formal electrical trade qualification and learn from a network of the industry’s leading experts. Schindler will elevate your career”.

Date: Monday, 12 July 2021
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm AEST

Click here to register.

Ms Rose Coorey and Mr Anthony Vizaniaris, Career Counsellors