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EARLY CAREER HISTORY TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Congratulations to staff member Ms Anna Porcelli who has been awarded and named the 2020 World Teachers’ Day and History Teachers’ Association of South Australia Early Career History Teacher of the Year by the History Teachers’ Association of South Australia (HTASA).

Anna is very deserving for her hard work, dedication and ability as a teacher and leader at our school but in particular in this award for her work in History. I am sure everyone will agree with me that as a College community we are very proud of Anna.

Anna’s achievements and work within and outside the History department have been nothing short of outstanding. She is a valued member of our team and has allowed both students and staff to flourish in realising their potential. Anna is a most worthy recipient of this inaugural award. Some of the many highlights include setting up the Year 11 and 12 Ancient Studies courses here at SMC from scratch, contributing heavily to History and Modern History courses in all year levels, engaging our students, collaborating and providing support with colleagues (both within and outside our school). Anna is the definition of a respectful and inclusive educator and we have been the beneficiaries of this for most of her first five years of teaching.

Mr Matthew Muscat, Head of Department – History – Secondary

WORLD TEACHER’S DAY

On Monday 2 November, Year 9 students showed their appreciation for the teachers at the College by providing a morning tea to celebrate World Teachers’ Day, which was on Friday, 30 October. This grateful gesture was their way of acknowledging that it has been a challenging year for teachers, and they understand all the hard work that has been put into ensuring that their learning continues.

The leaders wrote letters to their teachers letting them know how they have made a difference in their lives and thanking them for the time they spent ensuring the best learning outcomes. Students took photos of staff wearing sunglasses for the AITSL national social media initiative #brightfuture.

Through these three activities, our students helped teachers celebrate that they are constantly striving to ensure that every student is known, valued and cared for at St Michael’s College.

Mrs Anna Haracic, Assistant Year 9 Director

YEAR 11 RETREAT

“The Year 11 cohort participated in an eye opening and inspirational retreat, run by the Lasallian Youth Ministers, Zani and Isabella, SALT team members, Declan and Asha, Calia Sandona and Ms Maiese. Through interactive games involving the opinions of everyone, and interesting speeches regarding personal beneficial experiences, the notion of service, opportunity and sacrifice was highlighted. As groups collaborated together to discuss their ideas and thoughts regarding the theme of service, we were exposed to the true meaning behind it, and how it signifies something different for everyone. We were informed about the statues of De La Salle which had no hands, to present to us that we are the hands of the future, and should continue  portraying De La Salle’s legacy of service, and to explore and learn to be grateful for the wide range of opportunities we are offered every day. The cohort listened to a speech about the Lasallian Volunteers Program, and to think of it through the perspective of gaining something at the end, rather than losing the time needed to commit to the experience. This provoked many members to consider being involved in this amazing opportunity. Lastly, the notion of sacrifice was discussed through the story of Jesus Christ, as he sacrificed his life for us. We were also given other examples of people who sacrifice themselves for us every day, such as family, friends and coaches. Overall, the Year 11 cohort was encouraged to follow in the legacy of De La Salle and Jesus Christ, as well as to be selfless in life, by sacrificing yourself to take up opportunities to serve others”.  – Holly McGorman (11PC-02)

“During the Year 11 retreat I learnt a lot about myself, my values and my morals, which coincides with those of St John Baptist de La Salle. The Year 11 retreat opened my eyes to issues prevalent in our society as well as showing ways to help those suffering due to those issues. The activities we participated in encouraged us to make commitments and live our life in service of others. Many of the themes and teachings discussed on the retreat struck a chord with me and I’m sure they will too with the cohort.” – Daniel Sutton (11PC-06)

YEAR 10 TAFE EXCURSION

Year 10 students completing a Certificate I in Hospitality attended TAFE SA’s Regency Campus to participate in a three hour cooking class under the direction of TAFE SA lecturers. Students watched a demonstration before cooking a delicious battered and crumbed fish and chips with tartare sauce, and a passionfruit bavarian with coulis and tuile biscuit. Students were able to showcase their cooking and presentation skills, as well as learning many new techniques in the kitchen. This experience provided students the opportunity to understand what it is like completing a cookery course at a tertiary level and also what it’s like to work in the hospitality industry in a fast paced and energised kitchen environment.

Ms Liesel Dunstan, Food Technology Teacher – Secondary

YEAR 10 AND 11 ITALIAN VISIT TO THE CITY

Year 10 and 11 students recently visited the city to attend an Italian art tour at the Art Gallery, and also watch a screening of ‘The Most Beautiful Day in the World’ as a part of the Italian Film Festival. It was a great day for students to reflect on their learning in class, and the messages in an interesting and uplifting film.

Mrs Tonia Carfora, Year 9 Director & Mr David de Lorenzis, Italian Teacher – Secondary

MATHEMATICS NEWS

Students from Years 7 to 12 have recently competed in the Australian Mathematics Competition. The results are in and I am pleased to announce the following students who have achieved a high distinction, a distinction or a credit.

High Distinction Certificate awarded to the top 3% of students in the state:
Jordan Kupeckyj (8BPC-04)
Distinction Certificate awarded to the top 20% of students in the state:
Marcus Stawski (7BPC-05)
Oscar Clarke (8BPC-05)
Morgan Simpson (8BPC-04)
Jacob Feijen (9BPC-02)
Joel Grygus (9BPC-02)
Danica Parisotto (12PC-01)
Credit Certificate awarded to the top 55% of students in the state:
Angela Chen (8GPC-05)
Charlie Gibbons (8BPC-03)
Finn Hagen (8BPC-03)
Luca Palmato (8BPC-04)
Tayla Payne (8GPC-05)
Marlie Fiegert (9GPC-04)
Deshawn Ram (9BPC-05)
Matthew Walker (9BPC-03)
Lilija Zampatti (9GPC-03)
Paras Stefanopoulos (12PC-08)

Well done to all students and thank you to the mathematics staff for their guidance.

Mr John Lambert, Deputy Principal – Pastoral

STUDENT VOICE AT ST MICHAEL’S COLLEGE

In a recent meeting, students came together to reflect on current uniform and presentation policies and express their ideas on potential improvements. Approximately 50 students from Years 7 to 11 came together to collaborate on their ideas and suggestions. Students worked respectfully, engaging all members of their team and doing their best to represent their peers. Their feedback, together with feedback from a coming survey addressed to students, families and staff will inform a review of current policies.

Mrs Tonia Carfora, Year 9 Director

OUR LASALLIAN COMPASS

On Tuesday November 3, 2020, 13 staff were involved with the professional development course entitled “Our Lasallian Compass”. This program run by the Lasallian Mission Council introduces staff to our living Lasallian Heritage; the ongoing story, lived spirituality and innovative pedagogy of the Lasallian education mission and its application to the contemporary Catholic school. It was a great opportunity for teaching and non-teaching staff to share their insights about St Michael’s College and how we live out our Lasallian heritage. Special thanks to Amanda Proulx for coming from Sydney to present and Br John Cantwell who joined the group via Zoom for facilitating the program.

Mr Robert Dempsey, Director of Mission

YEAR 9 BREAKFAST

On Wednesday, 4 November during extended pastoral, Year 9 students came together to participate in outdoor activities and a shared breakfast. It was wonderful to see students playing ball sports and displaying teamwork skills as they interacted with their peers and teachers. The breakfast menu consisted of muffins and fruit, however it was not just about the food, but also about having quality time along with a positive start to the day. As a part of our wellbeing strategy, the connections we share are important, and physical health and movement is too! All these aspects help us to work towards being the best we can be.

Mrs Anna Haracic, Assistant Year 9 Director