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It is a rite of passage for the new Year 7 students to make a chopping board in Design and Technology. For many of the students this is their first workshop experience and the chopping board project introduces them to multiple hand tools and woodworking machines. All the chopping boards were personalised using the laser cutter to etch in an image or text of their choice.

My favourite part was seeing the great print put in my chopping board. I learnt how to use many tools such as a disc sander and drill press.” Calleigh Ruth (7GPC-05)

“My favourite part of making my chopping board was the drill press because it was really satisfying watching the drill go straight through the piece of wood. I developed an understanding of the equipment and can’t wait to continue making new items.” Shyla Sharp (7GPC-05)

“My favourite part of making the chopping board was probably when we used the disk sander and the drill press.” Nikita Bugg (7GPC-05)

“At primary school we didn’t have a workshop but at high school there is a workshop so it is so fun to make projects in woodwork” Evie McGregor (7GPC-05)

“My favourite part of making my chopping board would have to be using the orbital sander as it was extremely satisfying how it sanded off all of the parts that were missed by myself. I learnt how to use a disk sander and that when the chopping boards are done they look great!” Jessica Burton (7GPC-05)

“My favourite part was getting to see the laser cutter print out my design and seeing the finished product. I learnt to be careful around the tools and machinery to make sure I didn’t hurt myself. It was overall a great project that was quick to make and was so much fun to share the experience with all my classmates.” Eloise Dodd (7GPC-05)

“My favourite part about making the chopping board was advancing my understanding in using machines such as the drill press. I enjoyed making the chopping board and I am excited to make more items in the future.” Harper Packenham (7GPC-05)

Matthew Anderson, Design and Technology Teacher – Secondary


Week 7: Prudence

This week our strength of focus is prudence. It isn’t a term we use a lot in everyday language, we’re more likely to use words like careful, but as far as strengths go, it’s an important one!

The painting above resides in a wonderful gallery called Museo San Donato which is a part of the Monte de Paschi bank in Siena, Italy; the world’s oldest, or second oldest bank, dating back to 1472. At this time, Siena was a republic and the institution was created to offer loans to the poor.

Sapienza e Prudenza (Wisdom and Prudence) was painted by Francesco Rustici in the 1600s and adorned the wall of the bank’s director for decades so that he faced it each time he entered his office. It was positioned this way to remind him that his decisions should be wise and prudent in a balanced manner, every time he entered the room. It’s a wonderful example of how art can inspire us.

In the painting, we see that Wisdom is on the left and Prudence (one of the cardinal virtues) is on the right. Dressed in the clothes of a young and glowing girl, Prudence is sitting beside a snake winding itself around a sceptre (ornamental rod symbolising power) and she holds a mirror in her right hand.  The idea of the snake comes from one of the passages of Matthew (10,16) “…be as prudent as snakes.” The mirror, drawing on medieval traditions, alludes to the idea that prudent people always consider past (experience) and future (consequences) in decision making.

As an earthly virtue, Prudence indicates towards the ground with her index finger; there is a contrast with the hand of Wisdom raised to the sky, indicating nature and divine inspiration, reflected in the presence of the dove of the Holy Spirit. Wisdom rests her arm on the Sacred Book of Scripture, taking her cues from this text, and nearby we see a clear reminder of the temporary nature of life and worldly goods, in the sinister profile of a skull in the bottom left corner of the painting.

In our lives in 2021, far away from medieval Siena, prudence is still important. Last year taught us that in no uncertain terms, and we continue to focus on this often. When we exercise prudence, we keep ourselves safe and it allows us to follow our dreams with care, without hurting others. It is also true, however, that if we overuse this strength, it can also stop us from achieving our potential and exploring curiosities. As the painting reminds us, there must be a balance and we should exercise care in our decision making, stopping and reflecting on the impact of our words and actions before we let them fly, so that we don’t create situations we regret later and that we are empowered to flourish safely as we navigate life.

For our young people in particular, this also extends to the digital footprint they create, the impression of themselves that they project in the world and the many online connections they make and maintain. This week’s presentations by Sonya Ryan for students in Years 8 and 9, are a timely reminder of the need for all of us to be prudent in this domain. The e-safety commissioner produces some excellent resources in this regard and this information may be of interest.

Enjoy the temperate weather and have a wonderful week ahead!

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


On Wednesday 10 March, Year 8 and 9 students were involved in a presentation from the Carly Ryan Foundation. The presenters managed to recall for us the tragic story of Carly Ryan and spoke about the work that the foundation is undertaking. Whilst the topics of online safety and respectful engagement in online activities are not new and will continue to be addressed, the presentation was both challenging and engaging.  It is important that we continue to have these conversations in a landscape that is constantly changing.

Here are some reflections from our students:

“The presentation was tragic yet extremely educational and eye-opening. In a world where technology and the internet are becoming more influential and prolific than ever before, it is important to be educated and equipped with the tools to deal with situations online.  It is also important to understand how to identify red flags and ultimately become safer when using online platforms and the internet. As teenagers who generally use the internet regularly, I speak on behalf of the Year 8 students at St Michael’s College when I say we were very humbled and privileged to hear Carly’s story and as a result become a part of the Carly Ryan legacy”. Brendan Talbot (8BPC-03)

“I learnt a lot of new things about cyber safety which was very important to know about. I learnt about how to deal with situations where if someone was asking you and telling you to do things that you don’t want to do and how to react to these things. It is important to be as safe as you can on social media as well as being mindful of what you send to other people. Pictures and text messages will always be there and can also influence the rest of your life if you send or are involved in something bad. It is also important to keep your social medias set to private and always have your location turned off so people can’t see where you are. It is important to never post things in your school uniform as some people can see what school you go to and that is a lot of information to give out to someone”.  – Alexandria Ciccone (8GPC-03)

“Cam and Zac from the Carly Ryan Foundation came to talk to our year level. At the start they explained to us that they weren’t trying to lecture us, they were just trying to teach everyone about certain things such as cyber safer and texting online. They did just that as they made us aware of the consequences and the outcomes of mistakes made online. They presented this talk as a casual discussion instead of trying to scare us which was extremely helpful. Overall, I found the Carly Ryan presentation helpful and would encourage more schools to have this discussion, since it taught us the different strategies for being safe online”. – Ruby Redden (9GPC-02)

“The Carly Ryan presentation was very powerful, as Cam and Zac spoke of the dangers associated with being an online user, and the affects that this can have on others. After hearing Carly’s story, it scares me to think that someone would ever go out of their way to hurt another person.  Once I got home last night, I spoke with my mother and I have changed a few of my online account settings, to make my online experience safer”. – Lachlan Larven 9BPC-1

Mr Paul Flaherty, Year 8 Director and Mr Brent Parfrey, Year 9 Director


From 16 to 23 March, join students from all around the world to learn languages, earning points towards awards and maybe even a prize for yourself, while helping your school to shine on an intentional platform. You can compete in any of the 68 languages available, even if you are a complete beginner!

Click here for more information.

Ms Angela Benedetti, Italian Coordinator – Secondary


The School of Languages invites South Australian senior secondary students of Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese or Spanish to register for the ‘Let’s Talk!’ holiday program in April 2021.

When: Thursday 15 April and Friday 16 April 2021 from 10:00am – 3:30pm.
Where: School of Languages, 255 Torrens Road, West Croydon.
Cost: $10 per student per day. School Card/Health Care Card Holders are free. Click here for tickets.

The program will offer highly interactive language/cultural experiences with the aim of improving students’ oral proficiency.

St Michael’s students who attended in 2020 found the program highly beneficial for improving their speaking skills.

Groups will be capped at 12 students per class so get in early! Click here for more information.

Ms Angela Benedetti, Italian Coordinator – Secondary