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The Star E-Newsletter

Term 3 Week 3 2021

From the Principal

Dear St Michael’s College Community,

As you might be aware, it has been the most difficult of weeks for the College community following the passing of St Michael’s College Year 12 student Hamish O’Callaghan.  No words can describe the loss of this wonderful, talented young man with a beautiful and humble heart.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with Hamish’s loving family and friends, as well as all those who have been deeply affected by his passing, including the staff and students of the College. The St Michael’s community stands as one with them at this difficult time and trust there is some comfort in our love, compassion and support.

Hamish’s family have reflected that “… as seen on social media, the enormous amount of support is evidence to the number of lives that Hamish influenced or connected with”.

The family wish to advise that Hamish’s celebration of life will be on Friday 13 August at 1:30pm.

As COVID restrictions will make a central gathering quite challenging, the service will therefore be streamed to YouTube allowing friends and family to be present through online mediums. The YouTube stream can be accessed on mobile devices, as well as laptops and computers.

The link will be released as soon as possible. The College will be offering an opportunity to celebrate Hamish’s life for students and staff on campus.

Even as they manage their own grief, Hamish’s family continue to think of others, and ask that “we look out for each other, our family and community at this difficult time and remember it’s moments like these where we learn and recognise the value of people”. 

In this spirit, I again thank the staff, students and families of St Michael’s College, as well the Lasallian and Catholic communities, for your ongoing and heartfelt support of each other and know that we will continue to care for and value those around us.

Hamish will be fondly remembered and sorely missed.

May he Rest In Peace.

Live Jesus in our hearts.

Kind regards,

John Foley

Weekly Communication and Important Dates

Weekly Communication and Important Dates


Mr Frazis Frazis
Much loved great grandfather of Isabella McGorman (Year 10) and Holly McGorman (Year 12).

Mr Peter Bagnara
Old scholar (1967) and much loved grandfather of Antonia Bagnara (Year 9) and Valentina Bagnara (Year 12).

Daimon John Rossi-Andrew
9-year-old cousin of Sienna Rossi (Year 8).

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.


12 August
Co-curricular Music photos

13 August
Primary Academic Awards and New Student Welcome Assembly. Please note this event will be live streamed.

19 August
Year 7 to 12 Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews will be held online via MS Teams.

Please click here to view our online calendar.

It’s never too early to enrol siblings at St Michael’s College

An enrolment application form is required to be lodged for all siblings of existing students and students applying for a position at the College.

Enrol now for 2024 and beyond

The College strongly recommends families lodge an Enrolment Application now for Reception (Term 1), Mid-year Intake (Term 3) and Year 7-12 for enrolment in 2024 and beyond.

The enrolment process for 2024 will commence in Term 1 2022.

Year 6 students at St Michael’s College Primary will be automatically transferred to the Secondary Campus.

Download Enrolment Application here.

Contact us for more information

Primary Campus Enrolment Officers
8346 6548

Secondary Campus Registrar
8356 5966


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Whole School


Some of our staff were lucky enough to have some ‘furry friends’ keep them company and assist with teaching online and working from home during lockdown earlier in the term.

Mr Simpson’s dog Wilson had a go at teaching online.

Ms O’Hara’s dog, Kobi loved coming to work and was fascinated by everything!

Ms Schulze’s helpers Leonidas and Alfred are still not convinced about this “going to work to get their kibble” concept.

Mrs Sykes’ coworkers, Potter and Malfoy pictured sleeping on the job!

Ms Capitanio’s dog Billie has just fallen in love with teaching Shakespeare.

Mrs Hurcombe’s dog Luna working hard from home.

Ms Brouwers cat, Popcorn (Poppy), joined her at her workstation each day.

Ms Pope’s dog Rigby (aka Giggy) can be seen here hard at work.

Mrs Carfora’s dog Nina kept her company.

Mrs Tidd’s assistants Jagger and Ollee can be seen here at her home workstation.

Ms Gaffney’s cat, Billie helped by sleeping on her office chair. Sometimes Ms Gaffney would have to work at her dining room table so she didn’t disturb Billie.

Mrs Nicholson’s dog Buddy helped with teaching from home.

Mrs Nicholson also had a new student in her Year 12 class, Leni Watts.

Primary Campus


The Reception students ended their online learning with a ‘Fancy Hat Day’. We loved seeing all the different hats students could find around their house.

Miss Madeline Cole, Early Primary Coordinator & Reception Teacher

Secondary Campus


Thursday 19 August
10:00 am to 7:30 pm


An email containing information regarding the process will be forwarded to Parents/Caregivers on Friday 6 August.

Summary of Dates/Times:

Friday 6 August Email with information forwarded to Parents/Caregivers
Monday 16 August 9:00 am Program will close for generation of appointments
Monday 16 August 3:00 pm Schedules emailed to Parents/Caregivers

Appointments can be modified if required

Wednesday 18 August Final close of program in preparation for interviews
Thursday 19 August Interviews will be conducted online


While every attempt will be made to ensure all requests are allocated, due to high demand and constraints of the program not all requests may be met. In order to facilitate the process, please make requests wisely, identifying those teachers with whom you most need to have discussion. Please be assured that should you have any concerns during the term, you are always most welcome to contact staff via email.

To make the most of this opportunity it is important to be prepared. Before your interview, plan specific questions you wish to ask and identify factors of which teachers may need to be aware. The interview process is an opportunity for a two-way discussion where the interests of your child are important considerations for both parties. We also strongly encourage students to attend the interviews in order to enhance the conversation and to hear constructive feedback firsthand. After the interview it is important for parents to follow up on matters discussed at the meeting with their son or daughter. Acknowledge strengths, identify areas where improvements can be made and encourage your child to take responsibility for his/her own learning.

We look forward to seeing you and your child on your selected day.

Mr Gavin O’Reilly, Director of Assessment and Curriculum


Week 3: Spirituality

As a teacher and parent, when I speak about spirituality at times it’s received with an eyeroll. I’m sure you know the one I mean… the one that says, “Here we go again…Life Lesson No #!”

But I really believe this discussion is worth it. Spirituality is a complex and important strength for our wellbeing, and one we continue to develop, as all others, over a lifetime. No culture lives in isolation of spirituality; it’s an important part of our human existence and comprises “what people hold sacred, the fulfilled life, meaning and purpose, wisdom, the pursuit of moral goodness, and the enhancement of what matters most to people such as cultivating good relationships and making a positive impact on the world”. (1)

At face value we might believe spirituality and religiousness are the same things, but in fact, there are some differences between them.  Spirituality and religiousness are, however, strongly correlated according to the science, though spirituality is considered more individually constructed and religiousness, more socially constructed. (2)

In recent times, we all know that our ability to support each other has been an important resource; a spiritual experience for all of our community. As a community we take pride in our connectedness and our ability to come together, particularly in moments of celebration or challenge– knowing, valuing and caring for each other.  It’s when we seem to be at our best as people, and this is true in most contexts.

Together with hope, exactly this sort of spirituality has been evidenced amongst high school students as a predictor of greater life satisfaction and appears to be protective against risk taking behaviours and antisocial activities. (3) Studies have shown that the experience of sacred moments in life is results in a number  of mental health benefits, including greater meaning, purpose, and life satisfaction. (4) Some studies also indicate that spirituality can be a source of optimism and stronger ability to remain positive during difficult times. (5)

Niemic et al assert that when other character strengths work in tandem with spirituality, we have greater opportunity to flourish, and we find it easier to see the sacred in things we might otherwise take for granted. Their paper cites Mindfulness scholar Kabat-Zinn (1994, p. 182):

Perhaps ultimately, spiritual simply means experiencing wholeness and interconnectedness directly, a seeing that individuality and the totality are interwoven, that nothing is separate or extraneous. If you see in this way, then everything becomes spiritual in its deepest sense. Doing science is spiritual. So is washing the dishes.

Well, that is something I will have to share with my kids! Dishwashing will never be the same again!

Humour aside, for most of us the spiritual journey is not neat and linear; rather it can be quite the rollercoaster. Over our life time, we often grapple with it, leading toward greater wholeness of our spirituality; ourselves, becoming who we are. Sometimes, when we least expect it, important and or incidental moments will lead to an ‘awakening’.

An excerpt from Niemic et al’s paper highlighted here, indicates that the engagement of character strengths can help us to explore our spirituality:

 (a) perspective, judgement can help us reach deep within, listening to and connecting with our authentic self, discovering inner harmony;

(b) gratitude, hope help us to reach up and beyond deepening our connection with divine or sacred presence and seeing things more clearly through the lens of character strengths, such as kindness/compassion, wisdom, and awe or appreciation of beauty;

(c) humility, social intelligence, love support us to reach sideways and connect with others, including all living beings and to see the interconnectedness of humankind and the universe.

Curiosity can also be used in seeking, perceiving, and exploring what might be or is sacred to us. That sense of wonder.

Being open to stronger spirituality or being open to learning and exploring more about Catholic Spirituality and Christian faith may connect with us. We can also be nurtured by our community prayer in the Lasallian tradition as we say together “Let Us Remember we are in the Holy Presence of God” as well as by the practice of mindfulness.

Stopping for a moment each day to be present and observant, is a good way to start. Being present to what is around us and not taking things for granted are building blocks for spirituality and help us to know, value and care for each other and the world around us.

These days, the internet and our phones are overflowing with apps and sites that can help with this… it’s a click away.

In the end, we all seek to make sense of our world and our place in it and enjoy a sense of connectedness with others and with something larger than ourselves. This is spirituality, in a nutshell.

You may also enjoy reading this inspiring article from Let Us Remember, a Lasallian Publication. Click here to read the article.

Wishing us all a deepening awareness of spiritual experiences this week!

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

1. Niemiec RM, Russo-Netzer P and Pargament KI (2020) The Decoding of the Human Spirit: A Synergy of Spirituality and Character Strengths Toward Wholeness. Front. Psychol. 11:2040. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.02040
2. Kor A, Pirutinsky S, Mikulincer M, Shoshani A and Miller L (2019) A Longitudinal Study of Spirituality, Character Strengths, Subjective Well-Being, and Prosociality in Middle School Adolescents. Front. Psychol. 10:377. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00377
3. Ibid
4. Op cit.
5. Ibid


Pause Club is a space open to any student needing some downtime or a quiet space. In these sessions, students will learn easy breathing techniques and very simple postures to relax their mind and body.

Sessions start next week, Tuesday 10 August at lunch in the TC building.

Any questions can be directed to Ms Caputo.

Ms Dani Caputo, Dance Coordinator – Secondary

Careers and VET Services


The Year 10 introductory VET Semester 2 courses have now started and around eighty students have chosen to explore an industry pathway in:

  • Hospitality
  • Construction
  • Automotive
  • Metal Engineering
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Interior Design
  • Photography
  • Sports Coaching
  • Electrical

These courses lead into a Certificate 2 or 3 next year in Year 11.


Year 12 students completing their education this year are eligible to apply for apprenticeships or traineeships commencing in 2022 with SANTOS. Apprenticeships and traineeships combine work and training, with a commitment to complete a qualification as part of the apprenticeship.

SANTOS is a large Australian Company based in Adelaide however these apprenticeships are in the field in various locations across Australia. For more information click here.

As students begin to think about subjects for 2022, please contact me if you have any questions regarding VET options at or ph: 8150 2351.


In partnership with the Government of South Australia’s ‘Skilling South Australia initiative’, Adelaide Training and Employment Centre (ATEC) and Naval Group Australia have developed this program, aiming to boost female participation in the ‘Attack Class’ submarine workforce and therefore support women in an exciting new career of welding.

This short program offers entry level accredited training, at no cost, in skills needed to start a career as a top-class welder. Participants who then choose to pursue a welding career, will have the opportunity to be considered for a new intake of Naval Group Australia welding apprenticeships, commencing a pathway to a decades-long career working on ‘Attack Class’ submarines.

MAS National has also joined Naval Group Australia and ATEC to support candidates wanting to enter a welding career through other fields, by linking candidates through their national apprenticeship network database.

This program commences in early September 2021, running for a total of ten days over a 3 week period and is located in the north-west suburbs of Ottoway and Rosewater. The program will consist of both theory and practical components to familiarise participants with the tools and tasks of professional welding through hands-on experience and a first-hand introduction into to the industry.

All participants will be provided with the required learning resources & equipment, including textbooks, uniform & PPE free of charge.

Please click here and here for more information.


St Patrick’s Technical College is holding an open night on Thursday 12 August 2021.

Registrations for the event are essential, please click here for more information.

Mr Kevin Woolford, VET Coordinator


Year 10 students attended a subject selection assembly and received a package of resources to assist in their decision making. Parents/caregivers have also received a video link to the Year 10 Parent Subject Selection Presentation. In PLP, students are engaging in extensive career planning to underpin subject selections. Students need to submit their blue subject selection form by Wednesday 18 August.

This year we have the extensive Careers and Vet Portal accessible on SEQTA by clicking on the black and green tile. It is the gateway to answering most career questions. In terms of the extra support, we invite students who still require assistance to book in for a 30-minute time slot with one of the Career Counsellors (Ms Coorey or Mr Vizaniaris in the LEC). There is a pre-appointment form to fill in before the first appointment to ensure students are well prepared to make the most of this time (this will be available via the front desk in the LEC when booking an appointment). Parents are welcome to attend at the scheduled time. The subject selection process culminates in a subject counselling session where students and their parents participate in/attend a ten-minute review discussion of their subject choices to finalise selections. If students need help considering pathways they need to do the research and seek help in the next week. Year 10 families may even consider registering for some of the “Open Day” events listed below.

Given the opportunity for individual appointments is quite tight and counsellors are not generally free to take direct phone calls, we welcome any email questions: and For Vocational Education questions, please contact


The Adelaide Film Festival (AFF) have many rescheduled events. AFF Youth Online will go for two weeks from Wednesday 25 August until Wednesday 8 September. The AFF Youth Creative Industries Day, comprising of a Creative Industries Expo and Industry Sessions, will take place on Wednesday 15 September at Tandanya.

Whilst we may not be able to organise a school excursion to this event, those interested may want to attend with a family member.

General Admission ticketing: Expo only ticket: $10+BF  Click here to purchase.
Industry Session tickets*: $10+BF Purchase via the links below.
*Entry to the Expo is free with the purchase of an Industry Session ticket

Creative Industries Expo
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Held in the main room of Tandanya NACI, exhibitors include:

Industry Sessions
Running throughout the day are interactive Industry Session workshops. Each session will feature a leading screen creative from the local SA filmmaking community, who will give insight into their creative industries job and the skills, techniques and experiences required to leap ahead in your own trailblazing career!

9:45am – 10:45am – Cinematography with Daniel Charlton (Pro AV Solutions). Tickets here.

9:45am – 10:45am – A Career in Games with Hannah Murdoch (Mighty Kingdom). Tickets here.

11:00am – 12:00pm – SFX: Prosthetic Makeup & Props (Media Makeup Academy). Tickets here.

11:00am – 12:00pm – Game Design with Mark Riley & Emma Losin (Mighty Kingdom). Tickets here.

12:15pm – 1:15pm – Working in VFX on Hollywood Productions with Nick Pill (Rising Sun Pictures). Tickets here.

12:15pm – 1:15pm – Writing for Games with Francis Warner, James O’Connor and Krystle Penhall (Mighty Kingdom). Tickets here.

1:30pm – 2:30pm – The Intersection between Dance and the Screen with Garry Stewart (Australian Dance Theatre). Tickets here.

1:30pm – 2:30pm – Writing and Directing Shorts with Leela Varghese (ABC TV). Tickets here.

Attendance at this day would be entirely the parents/caregivers choice as it means missing lessons and students must commit to catching up.


If you want to be inspired about careers in International Hospitality, investigate ICHM based here at Regency Park. Students can register to attend a Discovery Day to learn more. Click here for more information.

Click here to view a video of St Michael’s College old scholar, Georgia Noll (2015), who has recently graduated from ICHM with a Bachelor of Business and Hospitality Management.

Let us hope those opportunities to experience all those international placements comes around soon!


Students have now received their 2022 SATAC packages. Parents/caregivers are encouraged to view the Year 12 Parent SATAC Video and some of the live links in the PowerPoint on the Careers and VET Portal under Important Information, Careers Presentation. We will be presenting to Year 12 students interested on University or TAFESA pathways in 2022 on the afternoon of Monday 9 August. For students at VET on Monday, we have arranged a catch up session on Thursday 12 August at lunchtime.

The applications for TAFESA opened on Monday 2 August. For some courses that become competitive during the application cycle, (i.e. more applications than places) the offers are based on date of application. Last year Nursing hit this stage in the first two weeks. As such, any student interested in applying for a TAFESA course, can book in with one of the counsellors immediately to get assistance if required. Click here for more information.

It is very important students engage in as many relevant open day events as they can and registering ASAP. Many sessions for Sunday 15 August are already booked out. See below for more information.

Students aiming for an apprenticeship or employment at the end of 2021 need to be ensuring their resumes are up to date and well “packed” with employability skills, work history and work experience. Many apprenticeships advertised on seek list a Drivers Licence as key criteria. Students have one more opportunity in the Term 3 holidays to undertake a block of Work Experience, see below for more information.


During mid-August there will also be University Open Days where students and families can check in “virtually” and in person (to be confirmed) at South Australian universities. To participate in these events, you need to register in advance.

There will be an online Open Day on 11 August from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Registration is required ASAP.
There will be an in person (to be confirmed) Open Day on Sunday 15 August. Registration is required ASAP.
There are timetabled talks and other activities. Click here for more information or visit the other helpful links below:

Resources for Year 12 students
Preference guides for undergraduate entry
Medicine, Dentistry and Oral Health Admissions Guides
Pathways to university

Book in ASAP for the online Open Day on 2 August or in person (to be confirmed) Sunday 15 August at the City East/ West Campus. Click here for more information. There are many other events in person and online over the month of August. You will need to register in advance for all. They are covering a variety of courses and all the different UniSA Campuses. Click here

Flinders have produced a link as to how to prepare to make the most of Open Days: Click here. Flinders will be stretching out their in-person and virtual online Open Days over Friday and Saturday, 13 to 14 August. There will be over 60 video presentations, virtual and in-person campus tours and prizes to be won. You are encourage to register as soon as possible by clicking here.

Virtual Open Day
Date: Tuesday 17 August 2021
Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm (AEST)
Register: Click here

Central Queensland University has a campus here in Adelaide and offers interesting courses like Bachelor of Accident Forensics. Their interactive virtual Open Day us on Saturday 31 July. Click here for more information.

Rolling virtual open events will be held from Monday 6 September. Click here for more information.

To register for the AIE open day, or find out more information on AIE’s free events, please click here. They will also be talking about their new Film & Virtual Production course!





  • The next scheduled week for Work Experience is during the first week of Term 3 holidays, Monday 27 September to Friday 1 October.
  • Students must return the completed Workplace Learning Agreement Form and the Work, Health & Safety Checklist to Ms Tidd in the LEC by Week 7 (Thursday 2 September).
  • Students will then be booked in for a risk assessment with Mr Vizaniaris once the completed forms have been returned. This must take place prior to the student undertaking the placement.
  • A work experience placement cannot be authorised or covered by the College’s insurance unless all paperwork and preparation has been completed prior to the placement.
  • Work Experience students who do not meet the week 7 deadline this term may have to rearrange their placement for the allocated weeks in Term 4, weeks 7 and 8.
  • No placements can be authorised after 3 December 2021, so if students need to meet VET requirements, it should be a priority to complete the required hours in the Term 3 holiday period.
  • Please contact Mr Vizaniaris if you have any questions:

Saturday 7 August 2021
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm AEST

Set your schedule to be free this Saturday at 12:00 pm AEST time to join the EducationUSA U.S. Higher Education Virtual Fair 2021 to chat with representatives from 45 accredited United States colleges and universities. Ask questions that will help you define your priorities. For more information, to review the list of colleges and universities and to register visit please click here and for other information about studying in the United States, follow their Facebook page here.

Ms Rose Coorey and Mr Anthony Vizaniaris, Careers Counsellors