MAKERS EMPIRE’S MONTHLY DESIGN COMPETITION
Congratulations to Marco Didyk (6B) who was selected as the runner-up in the Makers Empire’s monthly design competition. Marco’s design in the Terrific Trees competition was very creative and innovative. The judges loved his attention to detail and focus on overcoming the challenges of 2020. Marco’s design was selected from 8,000 designs entered in this competition.
“We look forward to seeing more great designs from the students at St Michael’s College and encourage everyone to check out our latest monthly competition which asks students to communicate their wishes for a world of peace and trust in line with UNCIEF’s 2021 focus”. – Mandi and the Makers Empire Team
Ms Kate Tyrwhitt, Art & Design Teacher – Primary
FOR THE FIRST TIME
St Michael’s College opened in 1954 with just three teachers and twenty–nine boys. Enrolments grew steadily and in 1967 a second campus at Henley Beach was established with 360 students at the start of the school year. St Michael’s inclusive community and culture saw a notable shift to co-education, and in 1985 girls and boys were enrolled in Years 11 and 12. The years that followed saw the Year 8 cohort become co-educational in 2008 and the College welcomed 272 new Year 7 students to a secondary education in 2019. “There is always a first time, and it is never the last time.” Catherynne M. Valente
On 27 January 2021 the next chapter in the history of St Michael’s College was written, as the College welcomed the newest members of the community to the Primary Campus, the first Reception co-education cohort.
As families walked through the doors some familiar faces were noticed, with 19 old scholars’ children forming part of the Class of 2033 cohort.
Here’s what some had to say:
“I have two daughters and it was always my intention to send them to the Secondary Campus… the week we found out that St Michael’s was going co-ed in 2021 we enrolled immediately and was delighted to accept the offer.” David Sorby (Class of 1991)
“The teaching staff at St Michael’s have always gone above and beyond their duties to help the students and you don’t get that often. The best thing is that I still see this today with my children. St Michael’s is more than a school, it is a family.” Peter Mercurio (Class of 2000)
“My time at St Michael’s played a huge role as to why we enrolled Ella, it has always been a great school, one which three generations of our family have attended. I think the thing that has meant the most to me is the friendships I still have from school. The friends that I still have today, we are going on 35 + years of friendship, even though we have all been spread out all over the country.” Adam Nicks (Class of 1993)
“I have many fond memories from school which help in our decision to send my kids to St Michael’s. I know that my children will get a solid foundation that will help them become successful and well-rounded adults.” Anthony Petraccaro (1997)
“I think going co-educational was a brilliant decision and I’m very supportive of this. I had a positive experience at SMC – the ethos of the school and the good memories made it a very easy decision to send Nicholas. I am looking forward to watching my children be provided with a great education, have fun and develop as individuals. I’m excited to be on the journey.” Steve Hatsitsopanidis (Class of 2001)
As the College transitions into being fully co-educational from R- 12, there will be many new and exciting first times.
To the new Reception students of 2021, we welcome them to school for the first time. To the rest of the College community, this is an exciting first time for all of us. I look forward to all the new learnings, information, ideas, habits, and skills that we will develop throughout 2021.
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
Ms Joanne Gilmore, Director of Teaching and Learning – Primary