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The Star E-Newsletter

Term 4 Week 2 2020

From the Principal

From the Principal

Dear St Michael’s College Community,

The Year 12 Graduation Mass was held last night, 22 October, as our traditional farewell to the graduating class. Families and staff gathered to celebrate and pray for our Year 12 students as they prepare for their final secondary schooling commitments and transition to life after school. The Graduation Mass is a significant event and perhaps our most special, as it is a time when we openly celebrate St Michael’s College as a Catholic school in the Lasallian tradition, and recognise the unique gifts of the 2020 graduands. The mass theme for this year was “Be the Light” which recognises that as an expression of immense love for each one of us, God gives us special gifts which are unique to every individual. In the Mass we celebrated the gifts of each Year 12 student and the nurturing of those gifts by family and the College.

This year we also incorporated a number of award presentations, including the esteemed De La Salle Award. The students recognised with awards, whilst very worthy in their own right, also represent the many St Michael’s students who have contributed to the richness which is College life. Their commitment to personal excellence becomes part of the history and tradition of St Michael’s College.

We acknowledge and congratulate the following students:

Female Athlete of the Year: Charlotte Dolan
Male Athlete of the Year: Wil Foley
Mary Colton Award: James De Bono
Outstanding Contribution to the College: Jenny Roberts, Mia Stevens-Toomey, Harry Dundon, Leah Seager
Mary MacKillop Award for Excellence: James Choimes
Student Citizenship Award: Emily Haller
Mark Butler School Award:  James Dimas
ADF Leadership and Teamwork Award: Kaitlyn Burns
Caltex Best All Rounder: Ellie Sparrow
Service to the College: Olivia Higgins
De La Salle Award: Amelia Charles

Next week I would like to share with the community some of the reflections from the evening, including those from our 2020 College Captains, Olivia Higgins and James Dimas.

Thank you to all involved in this very special College event. We wish our Year 12s every success as they complete final assessments and undertake exams in coming weeks.

Kind regards,

John Foley

Weekly Communication and Important Dates

Weekly Communication and Important Dates


Mrs Evelina Marcon
Much loved grandmother of Alessio Marcon (Year 10).

Mrs Patricia Page
Much loved grandmother of Jake Lalic (Year 5).

Mrs Rhonda Haller
Much loved grandmother of Emily Haller (Year 12) and Joshua Haller (2019).

Mr Mark Rymel
Much loved uncle of Samuel Hannigan (Year 9) and Leah Hannigan (Year 12).

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


27 October – Domestic Violence Awareness Day
30 October – Formal Casual Day (click here for more information)
30 October  – Sports Day (Primary)
2 -18 November – Year 12 Exams
5 November – Year 12 Visual Art and Design Exhibition

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Primary Campus


On 12 – 14 October, the Year 6 cohort ventured to Aldinga Beach Holiday Park to take part in a camp facilitated by Active Ed. This camp had a strong focus on personal growth, leadership, resilience building, problem solving, and group dynamics. The weather was perfect and the students were excited for a fun start to their final term at the Primary Campus.

The students took part in several small activities and games that challenged their team work, communication and resilience and taught them skills to become more successful in group situations and as individuals. They also completed an orienteering course in the Aldinga Scrub which involved being surrounded by nature and sighting several kangaroos.

On day two, the group boarded the bus to Encounter Bay for aquatics where students completed sailing, kayaking and surf education which was a highlight of the camp.

Students enjoyed games of basketball, volleyball and soccer during their free time, as well as making use of the jumping pillow and games of Uno. Another highlight was the students vs teachers basketball game with Mr Rose, Mr Basso and Mr Gazettas which were played competitively until dark.

The students represented the College in a fantastic light and displayed their growth and maturity that has developed throughout their experiences at the Primary Campus, particularly this year in preparation for their journey to the Secondary Campus.​

Nathan Rose, Primary Coordinator & Year 6 Teacher


Ms Tyrwhitt’s Year 6 Design and Digital Technology students have been learning how to use CoSpaces AR and VR software to create an interactive virtual world. SMC student Charlie R has used these newly acquired skills to enter into a student film competition run by MobileMuster.

MobileMuster is the product stewardship program of the mobile phone industry and is accredited by the federal government. It is voluntarily funded by all of the major handset manufacturers and network carriers to provide a free mobile phone recycling program in Australia to the highest environmental standard. The program is committed to raising awareness and educating the community on why it is important to recycle.

MobileMuster have received over 400 entries from around the country for their film competition, and a panel of film, environmental and education experts have selected finalists based on their creativity, technical skills, environmental message and relevance to the theme “Small actions. Big Impact”. Charlie R has been nominated for the People’s Choice Award in the ‘Highly Commended – Primary’ category. To vote for Charlie please click here.

Check out Charlie’s entry below. Good luck Charlie!

Secondary Campus


On Friday 30 October, secondary students and staff are invited to participate in “Formal Casual Day” to raise funds for the Ovarian Cancer Foundation in honour of Jenna Crierie. To read more about Jenna’s story please click here.

We would like to remind students of the dress code guidelines to ensure we are respectful of this important day. Students and staff will be asked to donate a gold coin to assist the work of the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.

We are absolutely delighted that Rory’s (our canteen provider) has come on board to support this important fundraiser for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation and, by association, the Crierie Family.  Rory’s have generously agreed to provide prize vouchers for the “Best Dressed Male and Female Students” from Year 7 to 11, and will also donate 10% of the daily sales from the canteen and café to the cause.


On Monday 19 October, students undertaking Semester 2 Year 11 Modern History were very fortunate to be the first school group to visit the newly developed Adelaide Holocaust Museum and Andrew Steiner Centre, located in Wakefield Street in the city (next to St Francis Xavier Cathedral). The museum has been supported by the Catholic Archdiocese, Gandel philanthropy and both the State and Federal governments. It has been the long-time vision of Mr Andrew Steiner, OAM (a long-time friend and visitor to St Michael’s College), who is an artist, historian and Holocaust Survivor, to establish an educational museum. This has finally come to fruition and our Year 11 students received a guided tour, were able to hear the testimony and participate in a Q&A with two Holocaust survivors, as Ms Eva Temple also joined Mr Steiner.

The tour of the museum enhanced our students’ study of Genocide. The museum officially opens to the public on 9 November. Here are some student reflections on the excursion:

“I am really grateful for the opportunity to attend the Holocaust Museum and listen to the recounts from Eva Temple and Andrew Steiner. I believe the galleries pose thought-provoking questions in an engaging way which helped us understand the information and get us thinking about the Holocaust in ways we hadn’t before. The pictures throughout the gallery really helped me to connect to the times and understand more of what happened. I was really inspired when we were taught about being an upstander, rather than a bystander. I will take that idea on and hope to live more like an upstander. I believe this museum is an important education institution and I will definitely come back when it is open to the public!” – Portia Leopardi (11PC-06)

“The photos and captions in the gallery were very informative and eye-opening.  I really appreciated the honesty in Andrew and Eva’s speeches and the way they spoke about the importance of being an upstander and recognising the humanity we all share. Attending the Museum and listening to their stories enabled me to gain a new level of insight into the depth of the atrocities which took place during the Holocaust”. – Monique Woods (11PC-02)

“I am grateful our class was able to visit the Holocaust museum before it opens next month. I believe that everything in the gallery was very informative. I learnt information that I did not know before and believe it will make an impact on our country by having this museum available as we can continue to learn about such an important part of history”. – Lachlan Davis (11PC-05)

 Mr Matthew Muscat, Head of Department – History


On Sunday 18 October, Megan Adrain (10PC-05) and Lilly Tedesco (10PC-05) represented St Michael’s College in the State Grand Final of the EVATT UN Diplomacy competition. The Grand Final saw the top 15 teams compete for the chance to win their place in the National Grand Final. Our team were asked to represent Indonesia. On the day, teams debated three resolutions on the question of the power of the security council, occupations of the Jordan Valley, and Police being armed with weapons. Although our team did not win, they showcased their fantastic negotiating skills, and knowledge of current and historical events. They should be very proud of their efforts! I look forward to offering this exciting opportunity to students in Years 9 to 12 in 2021.

Ms Stacey Moros, Secondary Teacher


In Week 1, our Year 9 boys pastoral classes were involved in some teamwork activities while our girls classes participated in their introductory Wing Chun lesson. It was wonderful to see the girls engaged and having fun whilst learning some very basic self-defence strategies.

Mrs Tonia Carfora, Year 9 Director

Careers and VET Services


Year 12 students have received a detailed SEQTA Direct Message this term with important updates. This update includes TAFESA and SATAC updates, upcoming career events, ‘stress buster’ information and much more. We encourage students to share this information with parents/guardians.


TAFESA Apprenticeships Traineeship Information Session
If students and families would like to know more about pathways for apprenticeships or traineeships, TAFESA are hosting an information session. Please click here for more information.

Interested in Engineering?
For more information about all the options in Engineering, students are encouraged to register to participate in the display of University of Adelaide Engineering Graduates project work at the Ingenuity event to be held on Tuesday 27 October. Please note you must register in advance. For more information click here.

In the daily notices the College has been advertising opportunities for Year 11 students to apply for work experience within the SA Space Industry. It is a very involved and highly competitive application process, so interested students have been encouraged to book in and see Mr Vizaniaris this week.

South Australian secondary school students will have the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the state’s thriving space sector. This unique work experience program will give students personal insight into the space industry, an understanding of skills and qualifications required, networking opportunities and act as a catalyst for inspiring young people to pursue STEM careers.

Placements will be for 2-5 days, starting towards the end of November. Applications close midnight, Tuesday 27 October 2020.


The University of Adelaide have notified the College that the Year 11 grade conditional offer scheme established this year for current Year 12 students will be extended to 2021 Year 12 students. This provides current Year 11 students an added incentive to focus on achieving their highest possible grades this semester. This year the University of Adelaide considered students Year 12 Research Project grades, in addition to students four best SACE Stage 1 grades. For more information regarding the 2021 scheme program please click here.


The University of Adelaide run a HeadStart Program where Year 11 students who have demonstrated significant aptitude in a subject area may wish to consider incorporating a University level subject(s) into their 2021 subject mix. Families who would like to know more about this as an option may wish to attend the upcoming information session at the University of Adelaide.

Registrations will fill fast so please register as soon as possible via this link. There are strict COVID guidelines we need to adhere to and because of this there is a very strict capacity for this event. It is advised that students only bring one parent/guardian with them and each attendee will need an individual registration.

Date: 11 November 2020
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: The Mezzanine, North Terrace Campus

For more information please click here. Any questions can be directed to headstart@adelaide.edu.au

Flinders University offer a similar scheme, for more information please click here.

Please note that at a school level we have some suggestions and guidelines around these types of opportunities therefore enrolment is not automatic.

Ms Rose Coorey and Mr Anthony Vizaniaris, Career Counsellors


The College receives a number of enquiries seeking school leavers interested in beginning an apprenticeship. Recently, we received opportunities in the following areas; electrical, refrigeration, automotive mechanic, metal engineering and machinists. A local hairdressing salon are seeking a current Year 10 student to begin a two year school based apprenticeship.

If you are interested and would like further information, please contact Mr Woolford via email or phone 8150 2351.

Mr Kevin Woolford, VET Coordinator



On Tuesday 20 October, both St Michael’s girls and boys Year 7 basketball teams competed in a carnival at St Clair Recreation Centre. The teams played several games against different schools in Adelaide and all involved showed a great deal of sportsmanship and were encouraging each other and representing the College in a fantastic manner. A big thank you to the parents who were able to help with scoring throughout the day.

All boys competing  put in a tremendous effort against some very talented teams, starting the day with three wins and went on to finish 3rd in their pool. It was a standout performances by all of our girls who managed to finish the day undefeated! A massive congratulations to our girls team who won the entire competition and will move on to the championship on 16 November.​

Mrs Leanne Burton, Girls Co-curricular Coordinator


After many golf events this year were cancelled due to COVID, our St Michael’s College golfers finally played the Teams Stableford Championship at North Adelaide Golf Course on Monday, 19 October.  The weather was perfect and we had eight golfers participate on the day. Unfortunately our results were not up to par, but it was great to get back on the course!  Our teams placed 5th, 11th and 15th.

StudentResults - Stableford Points
Matthew Ucinek39
Hunter Whetstone37
Samuel Van Der Vlies31
Hudson Brown30
Archer Charles29
Nicholas Williamson27
Harley Peucker27
Lyndon Williamson24

Mr Mark StephensDesign & Technology Teacher and Baseball & Golf Coordinator – Secondary