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The Star E-Newsletter

Term 4 Week 8 2021

From the Principal

Dear St Michael’s College Community,

As the 2021 school closes off, I wish all in the St Michael’s community a safe, restful and peaceful break.

St Michael’s has been my life now for almost 17 years, the last 9 as Principal, and I will always treasure the experiences and wonderful opportunities that have been afforded me. It has been my privilege to serve the St Michael’s community and I hope that I have played my part in building the College’s position as a quality Catholic, Lasallian school that lives out its Mission and Vision for the benefit of the young people entrusted to us. Please be assured however, that anything I have given has been repaid many times over.

I will be forever grateful to the De La Salle Brothers, the Board and the College community for trusting me in leading this most important work of ‘the human and Christian education of the young, especially the poor’ at St Michael’s. Lasallian education gets to the very heart of quality education and the focus on community, relationships, valuing and growing ‘who’ we are, and ‘living life to the full’ by bringing out the best in each other should be held in the highest regard. The most important part of our work revolves around people, and when all else fails, we return to this.

I feel very fortunate to have met so many wonderful people during my time at St Michael’s and the relationships built with staff, students, families and the wider College community will be the essence of my enduring memories. The strength of this community is ever evident, whether it be celebrating the good times and successes, or coming together with compassion, care and support during the most difficult challenges. My greatest joy, and what I’ll miss the most, is getting to know our young people and walking alongside them as they grow and start realising their uniqueness and unlimited potential.

There will be exciting times ahead with a new Principal and new opportunities to be explored and developed and I will be watching with great expectation and hope. I will miss St Michael’s College, will always hold it close, and wish the community every success. I am leaving as a better person for the experience and one who is proud to be known as ‘Lasallian’. Thank you.

De La Salle believed that education is one of the most important vocations and that educators can have the greatest of impacts on the young, who need “teachers like visible angels”. The St Michael’s community is so blessed to have quality staff who genuinely care about their students. This year, we farewell some of these staff, and on behalf of the College community, I sincerely thank each of them for their service and commitment to St Michael’s and Lasallian education, and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

Angela Benedetti

It would be with a range of emotions that Angela advised she will be concluding her time at St Michael’s College at the end of this year to take up a permanent position at Norwood International High School. We congratulate Angela on her appointment, knowing that their gain is St Michael’s loss.

Angela’s contribution to the SMC community over 18 years has been nothing short of outstanding and her positive impact on the staff, students and families will be long lasting. Angela is well known as a highly skilled, dedicated and innovative educator with an obvious love for learning. She has always shown a genuine care for her colleagues and students, always wanting the best for them. Angela’s commitment and passion for Languages has reached far and wide, as she contributed her time and expertise both within and outside St Michael’s.

I know there is great sadness for Angela in leaving St Michael’s, but there will also be excitement moving onto new challenges and growth.

Kym Bolto

Since 2016, Kym was employed as a Technology and Maintenance Support Officer assisting the Design and Technology Department by ensuring all equipment was maintained and serviced, and that the Tech facility was well prepared for student use. Kym’s friendly and co-operative approach was well received and appreciated on a daily basis.

Lavina Desyllas

Lavina advised she will be concluding her time at St Michael’s College at the end of 2021 after 17 years of outstanding service.

Lavina is particularly well respected as a talented teacher who will go the extra mile for her students, I suspect in many ways treating them as she would like her own children to be treated. Not only would they develop deep mathematical learnings, but importantly life learnings from Lavina. She has always shown such great humility in her work, though many colleagues have benefitted from her wisdom, care and support over the journey.

As a person of great heart, Lavina has shown she truly wants the best for those in our community and will be well remembered for this by staff, students and families alike.

Antonio (Tony) Faraone

After much consideration, and I know with mixed emotions, Tony has also advised he has concluded his time teaching at St Michael’s after an outstanding 24 years of service.

I know that Tony has always considered teaching a vocation, not a job, and this has been evident to all the staff, students and families who have worked with him. His great mantra of ‘respect’ has permeated all he does and ensured a safe and supportive environment for students to flourish in their learning. Tony is a talented teacher of mathematics, but an even more talented teacher of people.

Whilst Tony’s humility has him relate his experience at the College as rewarding, enlightening and enriching, I know the staff and students of the College would express gratitude for Tony impacting them in a similar and profound way. Considering Tony’s original plan was to move to St Michael’s for a maximum of 5 years, I think we can all be grateful that didn’t work out to be so.

Tony Galpin

Tony, in his usual selfless manner, has expressed his gratitude for his 39 years at St Michael’s. Working closely with the De La Salle Brothers in the early years, and holding great respect since, Tony was instrumental in the development of the Design & Technology Faculty and served for 10 years as Head of Department.  A talented tradesman in his own right, Tony not only imparted the skills to those students who sought a career in the trades or to those who wanted to try their hand at construction using various mediums, but also guided them in life. Tony enjoyed all the aspects of teaching, including the mentoring of new teachers, the coaching of a variety of sports and the involvement in community days. He is a man of great heart and someone who genuinely cares for all in our community, hence the great regard in which he is held by staff, students and families.

Tony’s strong faith is always present in whatever he does, and he will continue to be a wonderful example of a true Lasallian.

Tony Healy

Tony’s contribution to St Michael’s over 29 years has been remarkable, both as a talented teacher and leader, most recently as Year Level Director. Tony’s calm, dedicated and no fuss approach to his work has always been based around a genuine awareness and care of others, particularly those most in need. He always had a wise word for his colleagues and found the right balance of gentleness and firmness with students. Tony has always modelled respectful relationships and will be well remembered and appreciated for this by staff, students and families alike.

I know that Tony feels blessed to have been able to teach in South Australian Catholic schools for most of his career and especially to share in the growth of St Michael’s College. We wish him well as he winds back with some travel and time with his grandchildren.

John Lambert

With more than 40 years of experience in education, John has been a highly respected leader in Catholic Education at CBC, Blackfriars and most recently, St Michael’s, for the last eight years. St Michael’s College was particularly fortunate to secure John as Deputy Principal in 2013 and has valued his leadership and service to staff, students and families ever since.

John has consistently shown his range of highly developed skills in his work, with a genuine ability to create a student-centred approach to processes and decisions. The role of Deputy Principal is particularly wide-ranging, but John managed this by keeping a sense of perspective, humour and care, particularly when most needed by staff and students. This, together with John’s loyalty and dedication, will see him well remembered.

Reinhard ‘Swid’ Schwidder

Reinhard’s formal association with St Michael’s will also conclude at the end of the school year … and what a long association it has been.  As an old scholar from the Class of 1966 Reinhard’s decision would be mixed with emotion after such a long and outstanding career and heartfelt commitment and service to St Michael’s and Lasallian education.

Not only will Swid be well remembered for his great skill as a teacher and dedication to each student’s learning, it will more importantly be for who he is and how he genuinely values each student with whom he works. His approach to students is a great model of the Lasallian educator, always looking for the right balance of gentleness and firmness required for each individual. This is a tough task, though one that he would be greatly appreciated for, including by the many families he’s known over the journey as both a teacher and leader. The care, compassion and support shown for each student is also mirrored in his relationships with staff and I know many, including me, have appreciated his kind words, wisdom and generosity both professionally and personally.

Julie Sexton

Julie Sexton concluded her time at St Michael’s College where, as a Senior Publications Officer, her work has been instrumental in developing and improving the branding and images in many of our key publications. The Maroon and Blue has been a key feature of Julie’s professional design work and the quality of this publication is particularly evident.

Julie leaves some lasting and quality touches on both Campuses, including the Library Entrance Design, Perimeter Fencing Design, Event Graphics and ‘Lasallian Stars’ wear.  She also supported the Primary Leadership Team to create the important branding of the Primary values.

Julie’s commitment to the Lasallian ethos of the College was also strongly evident in her involvement with numerous College events including College Tours, Old Scholar gatherings, Memorial Masses and Performing Arts Events. I know that Julie has a great love of St Michael’s College and feels very committed to the purpose of Lasallian Education. When this is combined with her skill and talent, the outcome has been displayed for all to see and for the great benefit of the St Michael’s community now and into the future.

Linda Story

Linda has always shown a passion for inspiring young learners and embedding a culture of being the best you can be is always at the centre of her work. Many Primary Campus students will have benefitted from her skills and approach over the 17 years Linda has worked at St Michael’s. Linda has also modelled a willingness to take on new challenges and utilise her many talents in a range of environments, most recently with the ‘Lasallian Stars’, which I know she loved.

Linda’s genuine interest and care for her colleagues is evident and she greatly values the relationships built at St Michael’s. This is mutual for the staff, students and families who have come to know her.

Linda is looking forward to new ventures in early years education and increased time with her grandchildren.

Rob Sturman

After 17 years at SMC, Rob will retire from full time teaching. His quiet and humble demeanor belies a talent for teaching that has benefitted his students greatly and presented them with opportunities to develop learnings that will be long lasting. His colleagues too have benefited from Rob’s deep understandings and experience, his friendship, and modelling of a no fuss approach to education. As an intelligent and highly skilled Science and Maths teacher, Rob built strong relationships with his students and set up a learning environment where students felt able to flourish. He has often been mentioned as a trusted adult by students who have been most in need, which is a great credit to his ability to make meaningful connections.

I know Rob has enjoyed the work and opportunities provided at St Michael’s, but also know he has given significantly to the College community.

Jill Thorn

After 41 years in education, the last 17 having been at St Michael’s, Jill will be moving into retirement from the end of this school year.  Jill’s impact across numerous schools and particularly for us at SMC has been significant and lasting in so many ways. Her passion for working with refugees is palpable and her care, compassion, advocacy and dedication to new arrivals has been life-changing for many of the students and their families. Jill’s ability to build strong relationships with her colleagues and these families will see her sorely missed in the St Michael’s community.

Jill has expressed on many occasions that she has always enjoyed the interesting challenges and pleasures of working with refugee and migrant students and the staff and students of St Michael’s College will remain close to her heart, as she will to us.

Annette Woolford

The early years of school are such a formative and potentially challenging time for students and parents, though this was sure to be alleviated through the warm and caring class environment created by Annette. She is a highly skilled teacher, with a passion for numeracy and an ability to balance high expectations with a strong relational approach. Annette’s experience and good heart always saw her alert to those who needed that little bit of extra time and care, something most appreciated and embedded in our Lasallian culture.

This is something Annette should be proud of and see her well-remembered by the many staff, students and families she has impacted during her 11 years at St Michael’s College.

Kevin Woolford

Kevin’s forthcoming retirement will bring a close to a stellar teaching career of 43 years, the last 13 (and longest stint) at St Michael’s College. Kevin will leave a wonderful legacy with the work he’s done with our VET program and many students will remember the positive and lasting impact he has had on them, particularly some of those most in need.

Of course, Kevin is also widely known and highly regarded for his contribution to music education over many years, and we have been so fortunate to see the fruits of this at St Michael’s.  I know this hasn’t been an easy decision for Kevin, as he acknowledged that he still maintains a passion for working with teenagers and teaching, as well as a great affection for St Michael’s College. Kevin’s talent, compassion, humour and dedication will see him sorely missed by the staff, students and families of the College.

 

We also thank those staff completing contracts and replacement positions, including Nathan Armiento, Danielle Keynes, Tori Roberts, Katie Sheldrick and Sean MacKenzie for their valued contribution to St Michael’s. We could truly not have asked for a more committed and talented group of people to fill a range of roles, and importantly make such a positive impact on both staff and students. Their ability to do this in such a short time is remarkable. We wish them every success as they move onto their new endeavours.

We also send our best wishes to staff who will be taking leave during 2022. We hope it is a fruitful time and look forward to their return.

We are farewelling an amazing array of talent and commitment to not only Catholic and Lasallian education (approximately 300 years’ worth at St Michael’s), but education more widely. Again, on behalf of the College community, I thank each of our colleagues and wish them every success, knowing that they will always be a part of the fabric that makes up our Lasallian family.

Go well!

Kind regards,

John Foley
Principal

Weekly Communication and Important Dates

Weekly Communication and Important Dates

IMPORTANT DATES

Monday 31 January 2022
Reception to Year 6 classes resume
Years 7 and 12 classes resume
New students in Years 8 to 11 orientation morning (9:00am – 11:00am)

Tuesday 1 February 2022
Year 8 to Year 11 classes resume

CLOSING AND OPENING OF RECEPTION

The Primary Campus Administration Office will be closed from Wednesday 8 December 2021 and will reopen Monday 24 January 2022.

The Secondary Campus Administration Office will be closed from Monday 20 December 2021 and will reopen Monday 10 January 2022.

UNIFORM SHOP HOLIDAY TRADING HOURS

Please note that the last day of trade for the Uniform Shop in 2021 was Thursday 2 December. The Uniform Shop will reopen in 2022 on Monday 17 January. Please refer to the link below for 2021/2022 holiday trading hours.

Uniform Shop Holiday Trading Hours

 

Click here for Term Dates.
Click here for Uniform Shop hours and information.
Click here to purchase the Entertainment Book.

 

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Whole School

MUSICAL CLUB PERFORMANCE

After the buzz and excitement of our college musical ‘Mary Poppins Jr’, students involved were keen to keeping working together and creating musical related magic. Thus, the Musical Club was born!

Students at both Primary and Secondary Campuses spent part of Term 3 and 4 preparing five new musical numbers including songs from High School Musical 2, The Greatest Showman, Oliver, Bugsy Malone and Matilda.

These were performed together in Founders Hall at the Primary Campus on Thursday afternoon this week. Students watching the performances were enthusiastic in their applause and praise. Each time students are given an opportunity to perform, they have grown in skill and confidence, and this wonderful group of young people has gone from strength to strength this year, relishing in the fun and friendship that involvement in the arts brings.

Ms Emily Burns, Drama Coordinator – Secondary

THE TRUE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS

The Advent season that we have entered is preparation for Christmas. I often ask myself what would a Martian landing on Earth think Christmas is about? Is it about flashing lights and decorated trees, or rushing about buying food and presents at a frenetic pace and being stressed about what to buy people, having the right food for family and guests? Is it about having renovations, new furniture and appliances delivered before Christmas? Is it about making sure the children see Father Christmas before the Christmas Day deadline?

No, this is not the true meaning of Christmas! The real Christmas story is the story of God’s becoming a human being in the Person of Jesus Christ. Why did God do such a thing? Because God loves us! Why was Christmas necessary? Because we needed a Savior! Why does God love us so much? Because He is love itself (1 John 4:8). Why do we celebrate Christmas each year? Out of gratitude for what God did for us, we remember His birth by giving each other gifts, worshipping Him, and being especially conscious of the poor and less fortunate.

Thank you to all the families who have supported the Christmas drives at St Michael’s College when thinking about the less fortunate in our community: the Year 8 and 9 Vinnies Christmas drive for the Henley Parish, the Year 9 Adelaide Day Centre Christmas Drive, and the Year 10 Australian Refugee Association Christmas gifts drive.

In this year of St Joseph, we remember the importance of a loyal and guiding presence of a father as well as the importance of Mary the mother of Jesus. May the blessings of the Christmas season be with you and the holidays bring you time to enjoy with the important people in your live.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the St Michael’s College community.

Mr Robert Dempsey, Director of Mission

Adoration of the Shepherds by the Dutch painter Gerard van Honthorst, 1622

Primary Campus

2021 WRAP UP

And so, to the end of 2021. In some ways it has been a more challenging year than 2020; who thought that was possible? I think a lot of us, myself included, were convinced that by entering the year 2021 all the challenges with COVID-19 would now be in the rear-view mirror. How wrong we were…

Despite the challenges, there have been many highlights. Here are a few of my personal highlights:

  • Watching the Reception girls engage in the GEM program.
  • Bookmaking and stories with our Receptions and spontaneous singing!
  • Lasallian STARS in general but yesterday’s portfolio presentations were very special.
  • Popping off to Ayers House with our Year 2s.
  • Year 1 and their Indigenous story doors.
  • Book Week Parade – just awesome!
  • Year 3 cooking up a storm and that Pirate Ship Door.
  • Year 4s who get the job done whether it be waste management, snoozing in a zoo, or encouraging me to kick start a Bookmaking Club at lunchtimes.
  • Mission to Mars in Year 5 and for the many students that were the core of the Podcast Squad.
  • All things podcasting!
  • Teaching English to Year 6 and their Communication Model dances.

I’m sure you and your family all have your highlights too. It’s good to hold on to these things no matter how small, front and centre they are in our thoughts.

Last night we celebrated with the Year 6 Class of 2021. A group of students who last night demonstrated that they are more than ready for the next step. We wish them all the success in the next stage of their learning journey. We hope they all appreciate that what is of most importance to their long-term success and happiness is the process of learning; the skills you employ to learn rather than the learning of content itself; and that you can always try your best and be considerate of others. The following students were presented with awards in recognition of their contribution to the College:

Lasallian Spirit – Oliver Van Dommele

Outstanding Academic Achievement – Marcus Waye

Outstanding Achievement Co-curricular – Jude Cowan

Principal’s Award – Marco Didyk

Principal’s Award – Alex Slattery

Principal’s Award – Kaylan Vlotman Patel

Wishing you all a safe and restful break with your families and I look forward to sharing the learning journey of 2022 with the Primary Campus community. But not just yet, let’s all stop, take a moment and breathe deeply.

Ms Joanne Gilmore, Director Teaching & Learning

PRIMARY INSTRUMENTAL PROGRAM AND BRASS AND WOODWIND CONCERTS

In Week 6 our Primary students were provided with the opportunity to present their emerging musical talents at two Music Concerts. On Wednesday, students who are part of the Instrumental Program were invited to perform individually throughout the day. Students ranging from Reception to Year 6 took to the stage to showcase their talents in voice, piano, guitar, drums, saxophone, clarinet and trumpet. The day also featured ensemble performances from the Primary Percussion Group and the Primary Rock Band.

The following day was our annual Brass and Woodwind Concert featuring all our Year 4 students who have been learning trumpet, clarinet, trombone and saxophone throughout the year. The 4M and 4B class bands performed two songs each, along with our Primary Stage Band and individual performances from Year 4 Instrumental Program students.

All students involved in both concerts should be extremely proud of their efforts. Thank you to all parents/caregivers who attended the concerts and thank you to the instrumental tutors for all their support for both the students and the program throughout the year.

Miss Talia Gaertner-Jones, Music and Performing Arts Teacher – Primary

PASTORAL ACTIVITY AFTERNOON

On Monday 29 November, students at the Primary Campus, from Lasallian STARs to Year 5s, took part in a Pastoral Activity afternoon facilitated by Kelly Sports. It was beautiful weather to enjoy the sunshine and be active!

Activities included tug o’ war, water bucket relays, heptathlon of athletic events, basketball and soccer games, just to name a few. We also welcomed our new students joining the St Michael’s College community in 2022 who spent the day making friends and learning about what it means to be a St Michael’s student. All students had the opportunity to try out an inflatable ninja course which was a favourite across the year levels.

This was an excellent day and was enjoyed by all as we prepare to finish our 2021 school year.

Mr Nathan Rose, Acting Director – Student Wellbeing & Administration – Primary

CULTURAL DAY

On Monday 29 November, Primary students engaged in a ‘Cultural Day’ and participated in various activities throughout the day. Students kept busy making Christmas cards and ornaments, colouring in pictures of ‘Babbo Natale’ (Father Christmas), and were then treated to a pizza lunch!

YEAR 2 PROCEDURE WRITING

In Term 4, Year 2 students have been learning about procedures. They have been looking through lots of different types of procedures focusing on how they are written and learning about verbs. They then started to write their own!

During the Term students have made and written procedures about paper patterns, pop stick superheroes, jelly, and lastly reindeer biscuits. The class decided to have a competition for our last procedure to see who could write the best ‘How to Make Reindeer Biscuits’ method. There were so many fantastic procedures, but we could only pick one. Congratulations to Ashton Bell for the wonderful job he did writing. Please see Ashton’s procedure below. Have fun making them as they are delicious!

How to Make a Reindeer Biscuit
Goal: to make a reindeer biscuit and eat it.

Needs:

  • plate
  • Milk Arrowroot Biscuit
  • sanitizer
  • knife
  • pretzels
  • chocolate icing
  • white chocolate chips
  • strawberry and cream lollies
  • toothpick

Steps:

  1. place the biscuit on the plate.
  2. Spread the icing all around the biscuit so it is smooth.
  3. Put the lolly near the bottom of the biscuit but not at the very bottom (to make a nose).
  4. Push the pretzels on at the top of the biscuit (so they make ears).
  5. Place the chocolate chip eyes in between the lolly and the pretzel.
  6. Dab the toothpick in the icing, not too much just a little bit and then put it on the eyes.
  7. Enjoy your reindeer biscuit.

Mrs Karen Bourn, Year 2 Teacher

ANZ STATE TENNIS HOTSHOT CARNIVAL

On Wednesday 24 November, eight students in Year 3 and 4 represented St Michael’s at the ANZ State Tennis Hotshot Carnival held on the clay courts at War Memorial Drive Tennis courts. On a cold drizzly 18-degree day, the boys showcased their tennis skills against other local private and public school students from across the state.

The boys represented our school outstandingly showing great sportsmanship and professionalism against some of the best young tennis players. At the conclusion of the Carnival the boys finished 7th in the state.

Congratulations to the boys and well done!

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

AUGMENTED REALITY BRINGS DESIGN TO LIFE

Year 6 student Marco Didyk (6B) recently had the opportunity to use the new update from Makers Empire that allows the designer to view and edit their design with Augmented Reality (AR). Marco built an epic Beatles scene with Ringo Starr on the drums in his design lessons and he will continue this design in the holidays. Marco didn’t get a chance to take a photo with his design, however his cousin, Lachlan Didyk (Lasallian Stars Blue) posed with the 3D guitar and 3D drum kit. Lachlan said that he hopes to play the guitar one day and already has Makers Empire at home! Next year Lachlan will be able to learn about 3D design in Art lessons. Students are enjoying using the new AR update to express their creativity and use their imaginations.

Mrs Kate Tyrwhitt, Art & Design Teacher – Primary

Secondary Campus

YEAR 9 BOYS ART

The Year 9 Boys Art class have created portraits of their beloved companions or favourite animal, using acrylic paint on canvas.

The students used a three-step process in acrylics (middle, a highlight and a dark), working and blending the lights and darks into the base/middle tone. After several layers they began to add details such as the small hairs around the muzzle and eyes etc.

They developed observational skills and painting techniques to successfully complete an imaginative painting.

Mrs Nicolle LeRay-Warren, Head of Visual Arts – Secondary

AUSTRALIAN MATHS COMPETITION

This year 28 students participated in the annual Australian Maths Competition. Congratulations to all the participants, and special mention to Valen Kostich for his outstanding achievement.

High Distinction

Year 12
Valen Kostich

Distinction

Year 7
Scarlett Brown

Year 9
Sophia Goldsworthy
Jordan Kupeckyj

Year 10
Matthew Walker

Year 11
Jayden Nguyen

Year 12
Harry Lilburne

Credit

Year 7
Jessica Burton
Sasha Corbo
Archie Di Brino
Oliver Dichiera
Isabella Dragani
Maeve Nicholas
Bennett Townsend

Year 8
Sargun Thind

Year 9
Angela Chen
Finn Hagen
Chelsea Hodges

Year 11
Holly Dini

Please note that the certificates will be posted to all participants.

Ms Anne Finlay, Head of Mathematics – Secondary

YEARS 7-9 LEARNING AND WELLBEING CHARACTER STRENGTH FOCUS

Week 8: Hope

In past weeks we’ve compared several strengths to a triple antigen vaccine because we can consider that they help protect us against being unwell. The first two components were kindness and gratitude. This week’s strength is the third component of the wellbeing ‘triple antigen’-protecting us against choices that can hurt or offend, bolstering our wellbeing! It’s hope.

While gratitude and kindness help us to build stronger relationships with other people – to know, value and care for them, research tells us that hope has a positive impact on mental health, providing protection against anxiety and stress, and affording us a stronger ability to bounce back from challenge. It is essential in developing resilience. It also helps us to be better communicators, strengthening our relationships, and can potentially lead us to much better physical health and a longer life.

This year at St Michael’s, students have actively cultivated the strength of hope in Pastoral Care, complementing the goal setting they have all worked with over the year, inspired by their teachers and their peers. In past days students have also been directing their gratitude and hope into the support they are providing for Vinnie’s and Moore St. This is character strengths underpinning the College Vision and Mission in action.

This important opportunity to make such a big difference during the Christmas season coincides with the beginning of Advent, where we enter into the season of hope as we await for the celebration of Jesus’ birth.

This week at Tuesday morning Mass, Fr Paul McCormack spoke about one of the brothers at the Casa Generalizia (the Brothers’ Head Office or Mother House) in Rome. He mentioned that this particular brother was well known for his approach to each and every knock at the door. He would rise to his feet, saying “Coming Lord!”.

As Christmas approaches, let’s use hope and the other two components of the ‘triple antigen’ to help us do the same. As the year comes to an end, let’s view the new opportunities to care for each other with hope in our minds and hearts, and answer the call with generosity of spirit and optimism.

The end of the school year also offers us the opportunity to find the time to celebrate all that has been; the many opportunities to learn and grow, and to show gratitude to all those who have helped along that journey.

St John Baptist de La Salle, PRAY FOR US.

Live Jesus in our Hearts, FOREVER

Wishing you and yours a safe and happy Christmas and a fulfilling 2022.

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

Careers and VET Services

YEAR 12 STUDENTS 2021

Urgent SATAC Update
We incorrectly advertised the SATAC university change of preference deadline for Year 12 students as 10 January 2022.

In fact this year there will be an offer round for all eligible courses, with offers going out on 21 December 2021 and as such students have until 5:00 pm on Wednesday 15 December 2021 to finalise their preference order on the SATAC website..

That means there is only a few days between receiving SATAC results on Monday 13 December 2021 and having preferences in order by the Wednesday 15 December 2021. We are hoping that students have their preferences in order by 7:00 pm on Monday 13 December so that we can make contact as required the following day leading up to the Wednesday deadline.

There will be another SATAC offer round on 14 January 2022 with the deadline to change preferences by 10 January 2022.

Please be aware that if you receive an offer on 21 December 2021 to a lower preference, you need to respond by the 10 January deadline to indicate you still wish to be considered for a higher preference. Students who miss out on their preferred preference after 21 December are welcome to email Ms Coorey for discussion and are encouraged to make contact with the relevant university to discuss options.

Please be very careful changing preferences as some may not be able to be added back on etc and you may not get equal consideration.

Always contact SATAC to get further clarification.

Scholarships
There is a broad range of scholarships offered by Bendigo Bank and applications are now open. Please click here for more information.

YEAR 11 STUDENTS PREPARING FOR YEAR 12 2022

Whilst our Year 11 students are well prepared for success as they enter into Year 12, some students may like to consider extra preparation though private tuition companies. As such, we provide the links below for your own assessment. Different companies offer a variety of subjects and some provide specific study skill courses, with most offering an early bird discount. We supply the links for your family’s own consideration.

https://www.adelaide.edu.au/schools/year-12-tuition-courses#july

https://www.aeg.sa.edu.au/

https://adelaidetuition.com.au/revision-seminars/

HOLIDAY WORK EXPERIENCE

We remind families that work experience placements should not occur unless the College deadlines have been met, and all the necessary paperwork has been correctly processed by the College. The final placements for 2021 are now occurring. It is very important to acknowledge that if students and employers decide to undertake a placement over the Christmas holidays, this is not covered by the College, and therefore does not have insurance protection and cannot count towards any VET requirements etc. If in doubt, please contact Mr Vizaniaris ASAP.

GEN Z WELLBEING CHECK 2021

The new Gen Z Wellbeing Check 2021 report investigates the physical, mental and social health of Australian youth aged 15 to 24 by examining their habits and issues in the key wellness areas of mental health, exercise, sleep and diet.

Students are invited to join Year13 Co-founders, Saxon Phipps and Will Stubley and National Commercial Director, Annie Mulders on Tuesday 14 December at 1:00 pm as they look into:

  • The rate of Gen Z mental health issues generally and amongst specific subgroups including males and females, LGBTQIA+ youth, low-SES youth and youth with disability.
  • The top local and global issues impacting their wellbeing.
  • Their fitness and exercise habits including sport participation rates.
  • Their sleeping habits including what’s keeping them awake at night.
  • Their dietary habits including what’s stopping them from eating healthier.

Please click here to sign up and receive your exclusive copy of the report on the day.

Mrs Rose Coorey and Mr Anthony Vizaniaris, Careers Counsellors