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The Star E-Newsletter

Term 3 Week 8 2020

From the Principal

From the Principal

Dear St Michael’s College Community

As you might be aware, this week is National Child Protection Week. This is in many ways appropriate timing following last week’s STAR reminders on student safety and my communication to families this week relating to disturbing social media content. Below is some information on the concept of the week, as well as resource links provided by NAPCAN (www.napcan.org.au/) that are appropriate for all of us.

National Child Protection Week is coordinated by NAPCAN (National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect) and runs from 6 -12 September 2020. NAPCAN was co-founded in 1987 by Rosemary Sinclair AO and Christine Stewart OAM and has made a major contribution to the safety and wellbeing of Australia’s children and young people. Over the last three decades it has raised public awareness of child abuse and neglect, highlighting its impacts and developing and promoting effective prevention strategies and programs.

Launching on Father’s Day each year, National Child Protection Week, now in its 30th year, supports and encourages the safety and wellbeing of Australian children and families through “Putting children first” events, programs and resources. “Putting children first” means making sure that every neighbourhood in the country has what kids need to thrive and be healthy – including supportive adults, high-quality child care, safe places to play and learn, community and belonging, secure housing and well-supported parents.

St Michael’s College recognises the significant role of schools in relation to child safety and particularly being places where children are safe and feel safe. Our Vision supports this though an aspiration to be a community that is inclusive and respectful, with everyone being known, valued and cared for. Central to this is a culture built on strong, positive relationships and a practical commitment to resource allocation, training and child protection education, practices, procedures and programs. I encourage families to contact the College if we can improve, support, or work with you on any matters relating to child protection.

Kind regards,

John Foley

Weekly Communication and Important Dates

Weekly Communication and Important Dates


Please be advised that the Dobsons Uniform Shop sale commenced 1 September 2020, and will finish on 31 October 2020.  Parents are encouraged to take advantage of the reduced prices for uniform items.  Please note the following:

The Dobsons Uniform Shop is located on Lawrie Street near the bus pick-up and drop off zone.

Items purchased can be transferred to the Primary Campus on request.

New student summer uniform fittings are now taking place between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm daily – please ensure you call and arrange an appointment.

Do not hesitate to call the shop on 8150 2306 or email uniformshop@SMC.sa.edu.au


17 September – Favourite Team Guernsey or Jersey Day, Primary Campus

Wear your favourite team Guernsey or Jersey

18 September – Crazy Socks Day, Secondary Campus

Crazy Socks Day

25 September – Mission Action Day (Term 3 classes conclude)

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.

Primary Campus


On Thursday 3 September, 33 St Michael’s Primary students participated in the 2020 Catholic Schools Touch Football Carnival held at the Adelaide Touch Football grounds. This year we fielded two Year 5 and two Year 6 teams. In perfect sunny conditions, the boys showcased their skills against some strong competitors on the day. At the end of the carnival, our boys won a combined 22 out of 24 games on the day. All the boys displayed great sportsmanship and professionalism representing our school proudly. Fantastic work boys!

Mr Dion Gazettas, Health & Physical Education Teacher / Primary Sports Co-Curricular Coordinator   

Secondary Campus


In Week 4 of this Term, the Year 12 Drama class presented their production of Kate Mulvany’s whimsical and magical play ‘Masquerade’. This incredibly challenging piece was handled with skill and flair by the dynamic and passionate group of Year 12 Drama and Creative Arts students who worked together cohesively and supported each other to create a truly wonderful and inspirational piece of theatre. While we were only able to admit a limited audience, those who attended were enthralled and hugely positive about their experience. This production, with key messages including ‘be brave and have hope’ along with ‘tell the people you love how you feel about them’, was particularly pertinent in the difficult year we are collectively having. ‘Masquerade’ will undoubtedly be a highlight of 2020 for all involved, and it is a production of which we as a school community can be immensely proud.

Ms Emily Burns, Teacher & Director 


Although the Trotec Laser we have in Design, Technology & Engineering is not capable of directly engraving metal, we can apply a marking spray and then the laser will react with the spray creating a permanent mark. The damaged coldcut saw blade has been used as the sign panel. It would normally be thrown away, but we saw it as a chance to produce a creative sign for the DTE faculty. Two coats of clear finish were applied to the blade after and the results are very pleasing.

Watch how it was made!

Mr Mark Stephens, Design & Technology Teacher


On Thursday 24 September, 10 students from St Michael’s College will write a book in one day for children’s cancer research.

It’s all part of the annual national “Write a Book in a Day” competition run by independent national charity, The Kids’ Cancer Project.

Traditionally, the annual team competition involves face-to-face collaboration, however this year organisers promoted a virtual experience so even in lock-down situations students could put their creative problem-solving skills to the test and participate.

The school has entered one team in the competition. Students will be given a brief and then within 12 hours they will write, illustrate and submit a storybook of up to 5000 words to be donated as an e-book to children undergoing treatment in hospitals around Australia.

Since 1993, thanks to strong community support The Kids’ Cancer Project has contributed tens of millions of dollars to scientific studies to help children with many types of cancer.

“It is wonderful to see our students wanting to make a difference by raising awareness and money for The Kids’ Cancer Project. Through this worthy opportunity, they will also experience the joy of collaborating as well as sharing their imagination and skills in writing a book,” said Mrs Maria Pepe-Micholos, Head of Resource Centre.

Last year, 440 schools around the country participated and raised $475,000 for childhood cancer research.

Col Reynolds OAM, founder of The Kids’ Cancer Project is delighted with the initiative.

“This is a wonderful program because it stimulates young minds while giving them the opportunity to help other young people,” Mr Reynolds said.

“Research is the only way to improve treatments and survival for children with cancer,” he went on to say. “Government funding only stretches so far, so it’s important the community steps up to support kids with this indiscriminate disease.”

You can support the school’s fundraising initiative by donating here or sponsor a student here

List of students participating are listed below:

  • Alyssa Meade
  • Lilia Tonev
  • Tahlia Ward
  • Sam Jarvis
  • Nicholas Andriolo
  • Kristian De Candia
  • Katelyn Spencer
  • Aijana Kostich
  • Chelsea Shepperd
  • Megan Adrain

You can also give directly to The Kids’ Cancer Project online thekidscancerproject.org.au

Careers and VET Services


Students and Parents were recently contacted via SEQTA in regards to very important opportunities and deadlines. Some of the topics covered in the SEQTA message were:

  • Flinders University Year 11 Grades Conditional Offer: Deadline 24 September
    Many TAFE SA courses are becoming “competitive”, meaning that your applied date is often the basis for selection. Students interested in a TAFE SA course are encouraged to apply via the SATAC website as soon as possible. Please note applications are free.
  • University of Adelaide Year 11 Conditional Offer Updates
  • 2021 University Applications
    The deadline to get one preference on your SATAC application submitted, and to receive your nine digit SATAC registration number is Friday, 30 September.
  • Interstate Applications
    Students interested in applying for a course interstate must apply within the next 10 days. There may be a supplementary application required that will need to be submitted by the deadline. See page 10 of the SATAC Guide for links.

The Digital Engineering Apprenticeship program seeks out passionate, technically minded school leavers to partner with top-tier businesses in a three year paid to learn training model. This apprenticeship has been led by SA Power Networks and developed at the direct request of business leaders from across the engineering community to produce the specific type of digital specialists they want on their teams. Higher apprentices meet the digital needs of businesses and gain real world project experience, while earning an industry recognised qualification in a partnership.

Students gain extensive knowledge of industry 4.0, customisation, and product life cycle management through studying the Diploma of Applied Technologies. The Diploma of Applied Technologies provides the skills and knowledge to help individuals in industry 4.0 manufacturing and/or engineering environments explore problems, which can be solved using technology. Participants use a systems approach to troubleshoot every aspect of the ‘smart factory’, and they incorporate concepts of innovation and change to achieve tangible outcomes.

Additional customised content may also be available including GIS, Visual, CAD Systems and Programming. For more information please click here. Applications close 20 September 2020, click here to apply.

 Students who need assistance with their application, or VET student looking for extra help to secure an apprenticeship, can complete a form by clicking here.


Applications for Dental Assisting Traineeships close 16 September. Students interested must register for Job Alerts before applying. Click here for more information.


Students who turn 18 by the next school leaver recruitment intake may wish to consider applying in this category. There is a Facebook information session on Thursday, 17 September at 7:00pm.

Click here for more information or phone ‘Recruiting’ on 7322 3353.


Students undertaking a VET Certificate 3 are reminded keep up to date with their scheduled workload and competency completion, and any required work placements and log book entries. If you do not meet set deadlines your Certificate 3 may not be included in your SACE and therefore will not contribute to your ATAR. There is great flexibility this year due to COVID, however please ensure you are fully aware of all deadlines.

A reminder that any Work Placement must be approved by Mr Vizaniaris at least two weeks before it is undertaken. If you complete Work Experience without his approval it will not count, and you will not be covered by insurance putting both you and the employer at risk.

The deadline for paperwork for the upcoming holidays is now. If you have any issues please see Mr Vizaniaris as soon as possible.


The National Skills Commission has a new career website that highlights emerging occupations. Please click here for more information.


ICHM will be running a September ‘Careers Week’ from Tuesday 29 September to Friday 2 October 2020. Click here to read some interesting stories from students who have attended ICHM.  Interested students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as due to COVID and social distancing there is limited availability. Note there is a cost of $450 to attend at their Regency Park Campus. The cost can be traded for some initial fees if you enrol in a course at a later date. Click here for more information.

ICHM 2021 Australian Scholarship Application forms are now available for students wanting to apply for the Bachelor of Business (Hospitality Management). The scholarships are valued at $15,000 and the closing date is Wednesday, 14 October 2020. To read more about this opportunity click here, and to access the scholarship applications here.


Whilst the College will not be organising school visits on Friday to the Careers and Employment Expo, families are encouraged to attend the Saturday session. No registration is required, for more information click here.

Ms Rose Coorey and Mr Anthony Vizaniaris, Career Counsellors


click here to view results



The College’s girls’ senior soccer team (which includes Year 7 to 12 students) played their final match for the season this week at St Michael’s against Seymour College B3 team and won 3 – 1.

Well done to Gabriella Ward for playing her final Year 12 soccer match for her College.

Team Photo Gabriella Ward Action shot

St Michael’s College entered a Senior C grade Badminton team this year which was made up of Year 7, 9 and 10 students.

Some players were very new to the game but improved throughout the term at training, and getting some match practice too.

Well done girls on a fantastic season.