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The Star E-Newsletter

Term 4 Week 5 2020

From the Principal

From the Principal

Dear St Michael’s College Community,

Thank you to all who attended the Memorial Mass held at the Secondary Campus chapel on Thursday evening, 12 November. The Mass is held each year in memory of deceased Old Scholars and members of the St Michael’s College Community. Whilst it is in many ways a sad occasion, it is also an opportunity to come together and remember the lives of loved ones as a Catholic, Lasallian community and with the support and strength that this offers.

Thank you to all staff involved in the preparation and support of the Mass, as well as our College Leaders elect for their valued participation on the night.

A number of initiatives were held at each campus this week in recognition of NAIDOC week. Some of these included art work, Indigenous morning tea, presentations by Tjimari and acknowledgements through prayers, liturgies, masses and Remembrance Day. Thank you to all involved in the planning and preparation of NAIDOC Week events and supporting St Michael’s College as an inclusive and respectful community.

NAIDOC Week is an event of national importance for all Australians. “It is a week borne from a day of protest and NAIDOC Week each year reminds us of the ongoing aspirations of our communities as they continue the movement towards justice and equality. Importantly, NAIDOC Week is an opportunity for Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians to come together to celebrate not only Indigenous achievement but the history, rich culture, and survival of the oldest continuing living culture on the planet.

While NAIDOC Week each year celebrates and acknowledges our past and our present it also looks with hope towards the future. The 2020 theme of ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years. We want all Australians to celebrate that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were Australia’s first explorers, first navigators, first engineers, first farmers, first botanists, first scientists, first diplomats, first astronomers and first artists. We invite all Australians to take the time to learn, share and participate in these unique celebrations”. (Naidoc.com.au)

“On 11 November 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after four years of continuous warfare. With their armies retreating and close to collapse, German leaders signed an Armistice, bringing to an end the First World War.  In the four years of the war more than 330,000 Australians had served overseas, and more than 60,000 of them had died. The social effects of these losses cast a long shadow over the postwar decades. Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts”. (Australian War Memorial)

St Michael’s College recognised Remembrance Day this year on Wednesday 11 November. In firsts for each campus, the Primary staff and students assembled in the plaza fronting the newly developed Innovation Centre and the Secondary observance was led by our recently formed student cadet unit. The cadets added a unique and valuable tone to this year’s event and we look forward to expanding their role in coming years.

Kind regards,

John Foley

Weekly Communication and Important Dates

Weekly Communication and Important Dates


2 -18 November – Year 12 Exams
17-23 November – Year 11 Exams
20 November – Year 10 Activities Day
24-27 November – Year 10 Exams
1 December – Pulse 13: Tribute to the Beatles

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Whole School


During Week 9 and 10 of Term 3, our music students were involved in the Catholic Schools Music Festival. The Festival is an annual event that in previous years has been spread over four nights at the Festival Theatre. CSMF provides opportunities for students in Catholic Schools across South Australia to showcase their talents and to perform in a professional setting.

Due to COVID-19, this year the performances were filmed in the St Michael’s College MacKillop Centre and Sacred Heart.

The following ensembles were involved:
Support Acts – Big Band 1, Senior Vocal Jazz, Intermediate Pop Vocal
Combined Senior Secondary Vocal Ensemble – Luca Camozzato, Lilly Tedesco, Henry Cook, James Gheude
Beverley CSMF Choir
Declan Grogan (Year 12) played a tenor sax solo in “Help” – in the massed primary choir John Farnham Medley
Mr Peter Clark and Mr Tim Donovan played in the Festival Rhythm Section with the massed primary choir

Click here to log in to the CSMF website.

The login details for each concert are as follows:
Username: 2020Festival
Password: 2020Festival

A special mention to Mr James Musci, who is the Support Acts Coordinator for the CSMF. This is an important role whereby he oversees a panel, with Denise Rothall and Pamela Buccini, to audition over 100 acts from all of SA’s Catholic schools and then choose approximately 25 acts to perform each year. It is a huge task and done with great goodwill and commitment.


Primary Campus


Extend are excited to announce they are offering Before School Care, After School Care, and the School Holiday Program from Term 1, 2021!  Click the links below to read about the program and booking details.

extend program  extend bookings



The annual Primary Campus Sports Day was held on Friday 30 of November at the St Michael’s Secondary Campus. Students from Year 2 to Year 6 participated in traditional Athletics events of 70m, 100m, 200m, 800m, long jump and high jump. Whilst Reception and Year 1 students participated in tabloid events of egg and spoon races, sack races, rob the nest, and hurdles.

It was great to witness support from parents/caregivers and family members who were able to attend the event, cheering on the boys and being a part of the Sports Day spirit.

St John’s went into the day as favourites after winning last year’s sports day by a marginal one point. For the first time in our college’s history, both St John’s (Yellow) and St Peter’s (Red) tied and were joint winners of the day.

The Primary Campus would like to thank the Secondary Campus for their co-operation and allowing us to use their facilities and the Secondary students who volunteered to help. We would like to thank our Primary staff, Ms Robyn Palmer for helping cook the BBQ, Jade from First in First Aid, the maintenance team, Holland Party Hire, and Owen Sound who helped set up for the day.

The College would also like to acknowledge the following businesses who made donations for Sports Day, they were very much appreciated: Bakers Delight Kurralta Park, Bakers Delight Glenelg, Baa Moo Oink Butcher, Coles Welland, and Woolworths Hilton.

Final results:
St John (Yellow) – 411
St Peter (Red) – 411
St James (Green) – 385
St Paul (Blue) – 365

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


ICAS Awards Presentation took place on Wednesday, 11 November in conjunction with the Primary Assembly.  We congratulate all recipients on their achievement.

Awarded to students who achieve within the range of 37 to 46% of participants in same year level in each state or country:


Awarded to students who achieve within the range of 12 to 36% of participants in same year level in each state or country:

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Awarded to students who achieve within the range of 2 to 11% of participants in same year level in each state or country:


Please note: The percentages allocated to awards are approximate and will vary according to the number of students taking each test and the distribution of their scores.

Mrs Louise Kometer, Director Teaching & Learning

Secondary Campus


This year we were fortunate to run the Lasallian Workshop for the College leaders elect at the Grange Surf Lifesaving Club. The day was facilitated by Mr Peter Curran, and featured a number of guest speakers. To begin the day, we focused on different types of leadership styles and what it means to work as a leader in a Lasallian school.  We also discussed the different ways in which we need to be good at listening and adapt to different leading styles through a range of discussions and activities.

A highlight of the day was when the students were placed in random groups of four, and asked to build the highest structure they could, in a stipulated time with skewers and marshmallows. We were also fortunate to have four Old Scholars attend the day for one of the sessions to run through their experiences as leaders during their time as students in our community.

The participants also had the opportunity to have an open-dialogue session with our Principal, Mr John Foley. They discussed ideas they deemed to be important, with a focus on the SMC Mission and Vision and Strategic Priorities from 2019 and beyond.  We look forward to our next leaders elect day in late November, when we will outline the leadership plan for 2021, and elect the Captains and Vice Captains for next year.

Mr Matthew Williams, Director of Pastoral

On Thursday 5 November, our annual Year 12 Visual Art, Design, Photography, Design and Technology Exhibition celebrated the achievements of students. Congratulations to all students who were involved in the exhibition and on their significant subject achievements. Please watch the virtual tour of the exhibition below.


Rene Ruppert (9BPC-02) was awarded the Strengths Prize for Term 3. Pictured here with his Pastoral Care Teachers, Ms Capitanio and Ms Nguyen, Rene’s name was drawn from a ballot of entries of many students in Year 9, also nominated for demonstrating their character strengths.

Well done Rene!

Mrs Tonia Carfora, Year 9 Director 


On Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 November, the Year 11 drama class presented their season of Tom Stoppard’s iconic play, The Real Inspector Hound. With the easing of COVID restrictions, the cast and crew were enormously pleased to be able to perform for family and friends, and they made the most of this opportunity, giving energetic and fast-paced performances which had the audience in stitches.

The play, which is a murder mystery spoof, is in the style of Theatre of the Absurd where the playwright aims to reflect the deceptive nature of reality and the confusion which is often a part of the human experience. Stoppard’s clever writing gave our actors ample material with which to hone their comedic acting skills. The Cluedo inspired set design was a fun addition to the production and served to remind the audience of how chance plays a part in our lives.

Special thanks go to Anthony Boffa (11PC-03) and Anah Reaiche (10PC-08) who volunteered their services for the production as the lighting operator and dead body, respectively.

A huge congratulations to the cast and crew, you should all be very proud of yourselves!

Ms Danii Zappia, Drama, Italian & RE Teacher – Secondary


As part of their final assessment, the Year 12 outdoor construction class paved under the school’s pergola, built by the outdoor construction class of 2018. The students worked as a team fulfilling different roles such as site layout, compacting, laying pavers, and concreting. Many skills and traits were developed that will serve these students well next year as they hopefully find apprenticeships in the construction industry.

“It was very exciting getting to do something hands-on and outside of the classroom. I have learnt a lot of skills through paving as I have never done it before. I really enjoyed this project.” – Jacob Scott (12PC-11)

“As a team, I am proud of what we accomplished and am impressed by everyone’s skills. Paving is now a skill I can say I am confident with and would be able to do it if I needed to in the future, either on a job site or renovating my own home.” – Levi White (12PC-01)

Mr Matthew Anderson, Design & Technology and History Teacher – Secondary


This term in Year 7 history, we have been studying Ancient Egypt. Students were tasked with researching an area of study or significant individual, and producing a project based on what they had found. Well done to Alana Fedele (7GPC-01), Avani Grewal (7GPC-01), Bethany Charles (7GPC-01), Lucia Hillary (7GPC-01), Paige McEgan (7GPC-01) and Stephanie Scholefield (7GPC-01) from Miss Bennett’s class for their amazing collaborative effort! The girls studied Ancient Egyptian fashion, accessories and make-up to create a head-to-toe representation of the style of Cleopatra, all from scratch! Well done also to Constantina Nicou (7GPC-01) for her very accurate reproduction of King Tutankhamun’s hook and staff.

Ms Rachael Bennett, English and History Teacher – Secondary


The Year 7 girls have been learning the properties of metal by cutting, filing, bending and riveting their own unique flowers. In this creative project, once their flowers were constructed, students were then able to spray paint their metal flowers. No two are the same!

Mr Thomas Crouch, Design & Technology Teacher – Secondary

Careers and VET Services


We remind students to ensure they have completed all aspects of their SATAC applications. Some students need to upload their Teaching Capabilities Statement by 1 December, some have yet to pay their SATAC fee, and others can see on the welcome page that their Certificate 3 certificate/transcript may need to be submitted or students who are eligible for equity bonus points may need to have uploaded evidence. Unfortunately, at our end there is much we are not privy to, so we cannot remind students of all required information. If in doubt, please send Ms Coorey or Mr Vizaniaris an email. In addition to this, we wish to clarify for students who will have a completed ‘approved’ Certificate 3 by the end of November that the College will upload this to SACE so it becomes a ‘recognised studies’ subject and contributes to the ATAR calculation. There is nothing that students will need to do for this. If any student feels they will not have their Certificate 3 completed and resulted by 25 November they must contact a careers counsellor urgently.


MAS National: Focus on Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Apprenticeships and Traineeships are a genuine pathway. In this session, myths will be replaced with facts and open up your mind to the options available.

The webinar session will be held 18 November at 7:00pm and it is free. Please click here to register.

The Adelaide Careers and Employment Expo

Information for the Careers and Employment Expo can be found here.  Or you can visit the Expo website here.


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.

Ms Rose Coorey and Mr Anthony Vizaniaris, Career Counsellor