Dear St Michael’s Community,
On Thursday 8 October, we sadly lost a precious member of our SMC community after a long and courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Jenna Crierie was an esteemed work colleague, a friend to all and a loving daughter and sister to Alan, Diane, Joe and Mel. To honour her brave life we are organising a fund raising event in conjunction with the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, an organisation that Jenna held close to her heart. Jenna’s cousin, renowned Adelaide designer Jamie Sortino, designed a stunning dress in Jenna’s favourite colour, pink. The gown was recently modelled by the Honorable Julie Bishop, Patron of the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, and it is currently being auctioned with proceeds supporting the Foundation. The College has committed to a fundraising venture of our own, in conjunction with the OCRF’s “Frocktober”.
Our “Formal Casual Day” will be held on Friday 30 October and staff and students are encouraged to enter into the spirit of the day by dressing in their finest. Students from Years 7 to 11 will be involved in the event which fortuitously kicks starts Charities Week in Week 4. We are encouraging everyone to participate – our female staff and students to don their best frocks whilst our male staff and students dust off their suits, accessorised with perhaps their favourite and brightest bow tie or cravat. You can be as creative as you like perhaps adopting a group theme such as “A Day at the Races”, “50’s Chic”, or “Pretty in Pink”.
To respect the significance of the occasion, we have made the considered decision that men do not dress in female attire. Students and staff will be asked to donate a gold coin to assist the work of the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. There will be prizes awarded for the best dressed boy and girl from each year level and students will enjoy a sausage sizzle at lunchtime.
The aim of the day is to gain a deeper appreciation of Jenna as a person, as well as a greater awareness of ovarian cancer.
Please click here to read more about Jenna’s story.
Ms Bron Kemp, Director of Curriculum and Assessment
ABODA ADELAIDE SCHOOL BAND AND ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL 2020
A big congratulations to our Music Department on achieving some excellent results in this year’s online ABODA festival. Five ensembles performed this year, with a special mention to our newest group, the Percussion Ensemble, who made their debut performance and achieved an excellent result! Special mention also to Big Band 1 who beat 15 schools to be crowned Section Winner of the Intermediate Stage Band section. Congratulations to our students who represented the College so admirably, and to all of our wonderful band directors.
Intermediate Stage Band Section: Big Band 1 – Gold Award (and overall Section Winner)
Novice Stage Band Section: Big Band 2 – Silver Award
Intermediate Plus Band Section: Senior Concert Band – Bronze Award
Novice Band Section: Middle School Concert Band – Silver Award
Open Percussion Section (Tuned): Percussion Ensemble – Silver Award
Mr Tim Donovan, Director of Music – Secondary
Term 3 was a particularly busy time in the Library with a variety of 2020 Reading programs culminating in a number of fun events and competitions for all students in Years 7 to 9.
Premier’s Reading Challenge
Reading is alive and well as St Michael’s. 283 Year 7 to 9 students read 12 books each this year to qualify for the 2020 Premier’s Reading Challenge and will receive their medals later in Term 4.
Year 9 Book Trailers
As part of the Year 9 English curriculum, students are given the task of creating a book trailer based on a novel they have read during the year. English teachers then enter their class’s best four book trailers in the annual library competition. This year’s entries did not disappoint and we were inundated with so many original and outstanding trailers. Congratulations to all students, and a special mention to the following winners:
Jasmine Gibbons (9GPC-02) was the winner of the first prize for her book trailer based on the novel, The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. Jasmine’s book trailer met all of the criteria for the competition. We loved the originality and particularly the effective use of voiceover.
Teresa Levak (9GPC-02) placed second with her book trailer based on the novel, Animal Farm by George Orwell. Teresa’s trailer again met all of the criteria for the competition. We loved the originality, particularly the drawing and effective use of colour to capture the story. The timing of the sound effects as part of the editing process was very well done.
Placing third, Johnny Finamore’s (9BPC-06) book trailer was based on the novel, The Dons by Archimede Fusillo. Johnny’s trailer also met all of the criteria for the competition. The inclusion of himself and a grandfather figure in the trailer to depict the relationship of the two main characters in the story was impressive. The choice of music worked well throughout the trailer.
Write a Book in a Day
Congratulations to all students who showed great commitment, teamwork and enthusiasm in their participation in the National Write a Book in a Day Event on 24 September. The students were given parameters of what to include in their book in the morning and had 12 hours only to write, illustrate and publish their book.
Students raised $1,345.20 for the Kids Cancer Project through sponsorship and the sales of the two Bake Stalls they organised at recess and lunch in the last two weeks of Term 3. Well done to all, it was wonderful to see you really enjoy working together, raising money for a worthy cause, and of course, experiencing the creative journey of writing and publishing your very own book, “Trapped”. The participating students were Alyssa Meade (7GPC-02), Lilia Tonev (7GPC-02), Tahlia Ward (8GPC-03), Samuel Jarvis (8BPC-02), Nicholas Andriolo (8BPC-02), Kristian De Candia (8BPC-05), Katelyn Spencer (9GPC-03), Aijana Kostich (9GPC-03), Chelsea Shepperd (9GPC0-03), and Megan Adrain (10PC-05).
Mrs Maria Pepe-Micholos, Head of Resource Centre – Secondary and Mrs Bev Coleman, Secondary Teacher
EVATT UN DIPLOMACY COMPETITION
At the end of Term 3, ten excited and enthusiastic students participated against other schools in the EVATT UN Diplomacy competition held at Adelaide University. This was the second year St Michael’s entered teams in this competition. After the preliminary round two teams progressed to the Semi Final. This competition is run annually and provides students the opportunity to showcase their debating and negotiating skills in discussing current global issues. Students from Years 10 to 12 participated in teams of two and were asked to be delegates and advocate for the designated countries. Students displayed confidence, intelligence and passion whilst assuming the important role of representing their country’s perspective on topics such as the Privatisation of Public Services, the Question of Forced Disappearance and the Question of Stability in Central Africa. Congratulations to all students involved on the day. The College now has one team in the State Grand Final that will be held on Sunday, 18 October. We wish Megan Adrain and Lily Tedesco all the best on Sunday, when they will represent Indonesia in the Grand Final.
Ms Stacey Moros, Secondary Teacher
YEAR 11 RETREAT
On Monday 2 November, Year 11 students will be involved in a retreat experience at the College. The theme will be SOS – Service, Opportunity and Sacrifice. The retreat is being coordinated by the Sydney Lasallian Team, making use of our own Lasallian Youth Ministers and old scholars. We will explore the theme of Service, which is seeing a need and doing something about it, and we will discuss how we make the most of our opportunities to work against inequality in the world today. Students will also reflect on Jesus’ message of sacrifice and empathy.
We look forward to an engaging day which will enhance students’ views of themselves and their neighbour.
Mr Robert Dempsey, Director of Mission