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The Star E-Newsletter

Term 4 Week 6 2020

From the Principal

From the Principal

Dear St Michael’s College Community,

I acknowledge and thank our families for your ongoing support, trust and partnership. This was very evident, necessary and appreciated following Wednesday’s announcements.  Thank you also to the students for their positive manner and willingness to work together with staff and other students in such a short timeframe. The calm and professional approach of our staff on Wednesday afternoon was instrumental in providing a sense of confidence and security for our students at a very uncertain time.

It’s fair to say that this communication is now somewhat different from what was previously planned, considering the Premier’s press conference at 11:40 am this morning, 20 November.

St Michael’s staff were preparing to provide remote learning for Reception to Year 9 students for Monday and Tuesday. The theme around this was very much about maintaining connections and providing for learning continuity and the wellbeing of our students. We are well aware that during times of great uncertainty, some common principles apply for those of us in education, regardless of our role, and include an ongoing focus on safety, security, and belonging, relationship building at the heart of student learning, communication and transparency around decision-making, and equity.

As many of you would now be aware, it has been announced at the Premier’s press conference that South Australian schools will be re-opening from Monday. This will include St Michael’s College. This essentially means that St Michael’s College will be conducting face to face classes for Reception to Year 9 students from Monday 23 November as per normal.  

Thank you again for your ongoing support, understanding and flexibility.

Kind regards,

John Foley

Weekly Communication and Important Dates

Weekly Communication and Important Dates


There are numerous items in our Secondary Campus lost property located in the Bookroom. All of these items are either unnamed or the name is illegible. Items that can be found in lost property are drink bottles, lunch boxes, rugby tops, pencil cases, novels, white summer and winter shirts, two blazers, a sports top, shoes and one car headrest.

If you have lost an item, please check lost property as soon as possible as all items will be disposed of at the end of the year.

The Bookroom is open 8:00 am to 4:00 pm every day until the end of the term, Friday 4 December.

Ms Paula Rogers, Bookroom Manager

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Primary Campus


During NAIDOC Week our Reception mid-year intake students sung a care for country as a part of their acknowledgement of the week. Please watch their performance below. 

Ms Belinda Melville-Jones, Reception Teacher – Mid Year Intake


On Wednesday 11 November, students from Years 3 to 6 came together to celebrate their learning in Semester 2 of this year. The work presented was an outstanding collection of learning opportunities and investigations, highlighting the great curriculum offered by our teaching staff. The boys were very proud of their work and deservingly so. We also recognised the ICAS award winners and some individual excellent performances in the arts that were celebrated on the day.  

Mr Nathan Rose, Primary Coordinator & Year 6 Teacher 


On Monday 16 November our Year 6 students visited Rocco’s Pizza on Findon Road. The boys were given a lesson on the importance of healthy eating in comparison to processed foods. Rocco and Janis, the owners of Rocco’s Pizza, spoke about the sourdough base, the pizza toppings and how our bodies process certain foods.   

The boys had a wonderful experience where they observed the process of making and cooking the pizza in a wood oven. Students were lucky enough to finish their visit with taste testing the margherita and salami pizzas. Thank you to Rocco and Janis on sharing their knowledge with us and giving us the opportunity to enjoy their wonderful pizzas! 

 Mrs Giulietta SaracenoLanguages Teacher – Primary 


On Monday 16 November, our mid-year intakeReception Gold students participated in a drawing workshop in the new Art Centre at the Primary Campus. This workshop was delivered by the AGSA (Art Gallery of SA) facilitatorsand engaged students in drawing outside of the gallery. The multi-stationed workshop was inspired by their 10 ways of thinking where students are led through a range of drawing activities. There is an emphasis on close observation, textural mark making, risk taking and creative thinking. 

There were many “wow” moments for the students, and the adult supervisors really enjoyed being a part of this new discovery of working with materials and art effects. The wonder that children express at such a young age with visual arts is inspiring, and the new art room was showcased and used to its full potential. The conversations and interaction with natural and bought resources was very well paired with the playful pedagogies training that primary staff are currently undertaking. 

Students made individual illustration books, collaborative pieces, torn collages and temporary charcoal artworks. The workshop was a lot of fun and enjoyed by all attended. ​ 

MsKate Tyrwhitt, Visual Art & Design Teacher – Primary 

Secondary Campus


In a remarkable display of joy and adaptability, students from Years 8 to 10 shared their dance work with one another in Founders Hall on Wednesday 18 November.

In place of performing at The Parks Theatre, Ms Kollevris’ Year 8 boys and girls classes, Year 10 dance students and Certificate II dancers, along with Mrs Caputo’s Year 9 girls dance class, amongst a swarm of supportive teachers, came together in what was such an enjoyable few hours of performances.

It was in this ‘bubble’ of dance performance that the lockdown was announced, and the staff were so grateful to end on this wonderful high as students moved into a more uncertain situation.

he performance was a lovely reminder that the joy of dance can be communicated anywhere. Even without lights and a proper theatre, the love of dance and thrill of performing was evident in all our students. The students must be commended on their supportive, brave, hardworking, and spirited performances. We hope this experience will be a memory that they will treasure, and that they will never never take for granted performance opportunities that have in the past been intrinsically embedded in our dance learning program.

The performances were filmed and have been shared in students Microsoft Teams for them to view and show their parents/caregivers. 

To view all photos, please click here

Mrs Dani Caputo, Dance Coordinator – Secondary, and Ms Hayley Kollevris , Dance Teacher – Secondary


“My piece, called “Run, Wild” is an artwork depicting how humans can easily destroy a beautiful, luscious forest. The running wolf in the centre is there as a depiction of humans destroying the environment, but also a visualisation of nature trying to escape, only to be chased and destroyed. The whole scene was made to stand as a warning against deforestation, as well as showing what could happen if it continues. The name originates from the phrase “run wild” which means to “be free”, but since this picture depicts that freedom being destroyed, it is turned into a very different phrase, which can be read as something, or someone telling nature, “the wild” to run away from all the damage and devastation. I used a digital drawing program called ‘Procreate’ to draw this and sketched the original image with graphite pencils on A3 paper. I’ve always felt the need to discuss habitat destruction, and find a way to help prevent it, which now has inspired me to draw this picture.” – Aijana Kostich (9GPC-03)

As you can see from ‘Run, Wild’ as well as her preliminary dragon sketches featured below (for a different project), Aijana is an extremely talented artist and a deserving winner of the Erol Zendis Art Prize. Congratulations Aijana! 

In addition to Aijana’s thought provoking piece, here’s some more socially conscience ‘street art’: 

Tom Laforgia (9BPC-02) takes on the illegal pet trade with his piece titled ‘Lone Monkey’:

Kayne Hodges (9BPC-05) provides us with a very timely reminder about preventing the spread of COVID-19 with his piece ‘Mr Corona’:

I’ve been extremely fortunate to teach two brilliant Year 9 Visual Art classes this semester and I felt it was important to share some of the awesome work they’ve been doing with the rest of the St Michael’s College community. There is much more work to be seen, future pieces will be displayed in The Star and on the screens at the St Michael’s College Secondary Campus at a later date. 

Mr David De Lorenzis, Visual Arts Teacher – Secondary


Last week was National Recycling Week and the Eco Squad have some very exciting news! In 2021 all yard landfill bins will be removed from the Secondary Campus which means all rubbish placed into yard bins will be recycled.  

Don’t worry, it will be super easy! Food goes into green bins, and everything else into the yellow bins. Just watch this short clip to find out how it will work! 

 Ms Robyn PalmerSustainability Support Officer 


Year 7 and 8 classes are gathering items for donations to St Vincent de Paul for Christmas Hampers. Many thanks to our community for your kindness and generosity of spirit in bringing hope and gratitude into the homes of many families. 

Mr Aldo Calo, Year 7 Director, Ms Joanne Billows, Year 7 Assistant Director, Mr Paul Flaherty, Year 8 Director, and Mr Tom Dittmar, Year 8 Assistant Director 

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. At the end of Week 7, all Year 12 students will be emailed a very comprehensive Final Careers newsletter with all results and end of year transition information. It will be sent to both their College email account (possibly the last time we will use that as a means of communication), and also to the account students supplied in the destination survey earlier this term. Please note, it is very important students email us if their email or mobile phone number changes so that this can be updated for future communication.  


The 10th Australian Space Forum, which was originally going to be held Monday 23 November will now occur online on Wednesday 25 November. Please click here to register your details. You will then receive information and access to the free event app where you can watch the forum held here in Adelaide.


Every year St Michael’s College students participate in The Smith Family ‘Student2Student Reading’ mentoring program. Ms Coorey has visited all Year 9 classes and many students have already begun the application process, and we are keen to get as many students as we can on board. Students must be able to commit to two 20 minute blocks per week to listen to their assigned reading buddy. This is coordinated through a website called ‘Chatty Kids’ and occurs after school hours. Student need to commit to this for the assigned 16 week period, excluding school holidays. Reading mentors are trained and can be assured that there are protocols in place to respect privacy and confidentiality. The reading buddies are identified by staff at other schools and are typically students three years younger than their assigned mentor and tracking on average up to three years reading age below other students in their class. 

The application process is quite complicated as the first requirement is to obtain a Working with Children check which can take up to six weeks, hence the long lead in with expression of interest due this coming week. Parent/caregivers and students are encouraged to email Ms Coorey with any questions regarding this program. 

Ms Rose Coorey and Mr Anthony Vizaniaris, Career Counsellors


All VET interviews for 2021 have now been completed and information and enrolments forms have been distributed to students. Please ensure that the enrolment forms have been returned to Mrs Tidd to secure a place in the courses. Students will be notified of their day and time by the Registered Training Organisations early in the new year.

Mr Kevin Woolford, VET Coordinator 



In Week 6 this term, seven Year 7 girls participated in the SAPSASA Basketball State Championships. 

They first attended the qualifying day in Week 2 at St Clair where the girls all played very well as a group and went undefeated throughout the whole day, taking them to the finals. The team played against multiple metropolitan and country schools. Despite playing very well and only losing one game, the girls finished second in their poolunfortunately meaning that they didn’t advance through to the Grand Final.  

We are very proud of the girls and their efforts across both days. They all worked extremely hard and gave their best, and we couldn’t ask for anything more of them. Thank you to all parents who came out to support the team, and those who helped with scoring and other duties, it was much appreciated!  

Miss Chloe Hodges, Basketball Coach