SMC’S GOT TALENT 2020 – THURSDAY 3 DECEMBER
It’s that time of the year again where the Music Department is asking for participants in this year’s ‘SMC’s Got Talent’ extravaganza!
Our annual talent show will take place in the last week of school, Thursday 3 December in lessons 7 and 8. This will be a wonderful way for all members of the St Michael’s community to wind down after a busy school year.
All students and staff are eligible to participate. The requirements are you must come up with any type of performance that shows off a talent or skill that you believe needs to be shared with the world! Entry is free and participants simply need to email Mr Musci to nominate themselves.
Successful contestants will be contacted closer to the event. So start rehearsing now and let Mr Musci know ASAP!
Mr James Musci, Head of Department – Music – Secondary
YEAR 10 GRAPHIC DESIGN AND YEAR 8 ART
Year 10 Graphic Design students have created colourful and intriguing posters advertising cultural events and festivals in South Australia. See below some work from our talented graphic designers.
Year 8 Art students were inspired by popular street artist ‘MULGA the ARTIST’ and created these amazing pieces.
Ms Leanne Michalik, Art & Design Teacher – Secondary
YEAR 7 COOKING IN ITALIAN
On 23 and 24 of November, Year 7 students from 7BPC-03 and 7GPC-03 participated in a food technology project as part of their Italian studies this term.
The teaching and learning environment of this unit reflects a Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) pedagogy wherein students will learn the content of another area of the curriculum through the target language.
In preparation for this activity, students were required to create their own version of the traditional Italian Bruschetta recipe, using seasonal ingredients of their choosing. They also learned food preparation skills and hygiene considerations, all delivered in the Italian language.
It has been an enjoyable and innovative way of learning and teaching Italian through this project-based approach. Students were able to improve their Italian as well as learn the content of various other learning areas, such as food technology, through Italian.
“Having the opportunity to cook was very fun. I enjoyed getting to cook what my family cooks at home as a tradition”. – Tahlia Candeloro (7GPC-03)
“I enjoyed cooking yesterday because it was fun, relaxing and enjoyable. I learnt how to cook on my own and I will use this tool for the rest of my life”. – Andrew Dichiera (7BPC-03)
I am extremely proud of the innovation demonstrated by the students during this project. It has been a pleasure to observe students using their language outside of the traditional classroom and for authentic purposes.
Miss Olivia Andreula, Italian Teacher – Secondary
WHIMSICAL MUG CREATIONS AND THEMED TYPOGRAPHY BY YEAR 9 VISUAL ARTS STUDENTS
Year 9 Visual Art students created their own jugs, mugs and teapots using Ben Quilty’s porcelain jugs, as well as grotesque American folk art as their main source of inspiration. They developed their own concepts and sculpting techniques using both clay and digital software. See below some students work:
In addition to these imaginative mug designs, Year 9 students also worked on ‘Themed Typography Cover Pages’. The key objectives of the project included the consolidation of drawing, colour pencil, painting, typography and compositional skills as well as exposure to numerous significant artists. Students needed to incorporate their names with a specific style from one of their favourite researched artists, into their own themed title pages or posters.
Below are some excellent examples of these pages. Natasha Kannane (9GPC-04) created some intricate mandala art, Madeleine Fabbian (9GPC-02) made a beautiful Hokusai inspired piece, Tia Walker (9GPC-02) combined elements of Norse Mythology, Andy Warhol and Marvel for her inventive and exceptionally executed work, and Emma Brown (9GPC-03) produced a very personal David Hockney influenced piece.
Mr David de Lorenzis – Visual Arts Teacher – Secondary
YEAR 8 BOYS DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES
This semester in Digital Technologies, Year 8 students learned basic computer programming concepts using the micro:bit. This is a pocket-sized computer that has 25 red LED lights that can flash messages and be used to create games. There are two programmable buttons that can be used to control games, or pause and skip songs on a playlist. It has an accelerometer so it can detect motion and knows when you’re on the move. The built-in compass knows which direction you’re heading in and it can use a low energy bluetooth connection to interact with other devices and the Internet.
For this culminating activity, students were required to investigate existing micro:bit projects which gave inspiration to their own. The following are some of the student projects:
“I created and coded a micro:bit and an artifact for that code which I called ‘Christmas Jukebox’. This Christmas themed music box plays ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Jingle Bell Rock’. This was a very challenging process with there being lots of obstacles I had to overcome with the coding and creating the music box for the micro:bit. In the end it all worked out well and I was very pleased with my finished product”. – Luca Palmato (8BPC-04)
“Ball Toss is a game we created, using the micro:bit as a coding device to make the game run with a score. To play ball toss, you must throw a ping pong ball, into any of the 3 holes, to try and score the most points. Making the artifact wasn’t easy and there were multiple failed attempts during the process. We eventually got it right and the ball went in and out of the holes seamlessly. The coding of the micro:bit was fairly difficult because to make the code you had to use different inputs, outputs and variables. From making this product, we have learnt so much about coding, and how it can power different games. Overall, we are extremely proud of our artifact”. – Dylan Petherick (8BPC-04) and Riley Dunn (8BPC-02)
“My project ‘Turn Indicator’ was challenging! I came up with the idea of a bike indicator because I was riding my bike and I was tired of taking my hands off the handlebars to indicate when I needed to turn. I came up with the idea of making a box to hold the micro:bit and attaching it to my helmet. I didn’t want the code to be as simple as pressing button ‘A’ or ‘B’, so I coded the micro-bit to display the arrow when you turn your head left or right. Unfortunately, this presented the problem of the micro:bit going off all the time, even if you were just looking around! So I added a button as well”. – Ryan Gasparin (8BPC-05)
“Our project is called ‘Nightlight’. The micro:bit has been programmed to light up if there is no light, and it automatically shuts the light off if light is present”. – Aston Lee (8BPC-06) and Caleb Carroll (8BPC-04)
“The micro:bit we created is a ‘Scratch Game Controller’. This micro:bit is used for a Scratch platform game wherein the character moves to the left and right, and jumps when the micro:bit is tilted”. – Lachlan Smith (8BPC-03)
YEAR 7 AND 8 CHRISTMAS DRIVE FOR VINNIES
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