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Student/Parent/Teacher Interviews

 

GIRLS PE SHORTS

Thank you for the many positive responses received in relation to the email regarding the girls PE shorts. Further to this email, a new cut of Physical Education short is now available to purchase from the Uniform Shop. The cut is quite different to the current unisex version and should alleviate concerns surrounding the comfort of the shorts. Click here to visit the Dobson’s website.

Mrs Sally Nicholson, Head of Department Health & Physical Education – Secondary

YEAR 9 ITALIAN EXCURSION – LOOKING FOR ITALY IN ADELAIDE

In Week 7 and 8, the Year 9 Italian classes spent a day looking for traces of Italy in the Adelaide city centre. As they explored the area between Victoria Square and the North Terrace cultural precinct, they discovered the Italian influences in Adelaide’s design, architecture, public artwork and food. Students learned about and viewed the Italianate architectural features on many buildings, such as the keystones on the Adelaide Town Hall, and the many columns that adorn the facades of significant buildings such as Parliament House, The Magistrates Court and the Art Gallery.

“On the excursion I learned about the connection Adelaide has to Italy through the architecture and food. Italian culture has shaped Adelaide by integrating the Baroque style of architecture into some of Adelaide’s most important buildings. I realised I could understand most of the sentences Signora said through the key words”.  – Max Pook-Kathriner (9BPC-02)

Students learned about the connection between the bronze pigs in Rundle Mall and the Porcellino in Florence, and the scandal caused by the copy of Canova’s sculpture of Venus, outside Government House, which was the first public sculpture erected in Adelaide.

“I liked how teachers spoke Italian to us and that we had to understand it. I was surprised to compare Victoria Square to Piazza Navona and other piazze in Italy. I thought the excursion was successful because we learned quite a lot of new information”. – Sam Kindstrom (9BPC-06)

The boys were also fortunate that the timing of their excursion enabled them to attend the current Italian photographic exhibition, Italy Twilight Skylines from Police Helicopters, which is free and open to the public until 28 March. For more information click here.

Ms Angela Benedetti, Italian Coordinator – Secondary

YEAR 12 OUTDOOR CONSTRUCTION

The Year 12 Outdoor Construction class have been hard at work this term developing their construction skills while building various projects. The latest project they have begun is preparing an area in the Eco Garden for paving. The students have dug out weeds and tree roots before spreading road base over the area and getting it level. They then used the compactor to harden the ground ready for the paving sand. The paving sand was delivered during the lesson and the boys had to quickly move it from the footpath to the paving area as the truck could not fit through the gate. The project should be completed by early Term 2. Other projects include more planter boxes for the Eco Garden and ‘chicken play equipment’ for the chickens down at the Primary Campus.

Mr Matthew Anderson, Design and Technology Teacher – Secondary

YEARS 7-9 LEARNING AND WELLBEING CHARACTER STRENGTH FOCUS

Week 9: Self-Regulation

Hot chips are something I find hard to resist! Why is it that carrot sticks just don’t create the same physical response? Just the hint of a scent of hot chips with chicken salt, gets my salivary glands going… and it’s hard not to listen to them.

Self-regulation is the practiced ability to keep our motivation and behavior in check and manage it the best we can. It can be one of the most challenging character strengths to work on, and nourishes the virtue of temperance which protects us from excess. ‘The Karate Kid’ (who can forget… “wax on, wax off”?) is an example of a film where the protagonist develops this strength well.

Being able to manage self-regulation requires self-control and the ability to stay calm and look past the behavior of others around us that we can find abrasive or upsetting, or temptations, so that they do not direct our response in ways that might not be helpful. It’s also being mindful of how we are feeling and what has contributed to us feeling that way at any given moment.

Mastering the art of self-regulation can be challenging for anyone and is an area where young people, in particular, can struggle.  While there are a number of strategies that can support us in this journey, the practice of mindfulness is one which can increase our ability to attend to our self-regulation. This can be as simple as breathing practice and focusing on the breath. It anchors us and helps us to be present.

At Year 8 Mass this week, we remembered Mary at the time of the Annunciation. I wonder how much self-regulation she used at that moment when she learned about her important role to humanity, as a young woman at that historical time. I wonder how many of us would have the capacity to have the same grace.

During Lent, we reflect on Jesus’ 40 days in the desert. We can focus on self-regulation to direct our thoughts to what we can do to help others, and what we might go without to better support others, especially at this time, through Project Compassion.

In Pastoral Care this week our students also reflected on their digital footprint and the way in which it can impact on others as they viewed the performance of ‘Cyberia’ by Brainstorm Productions.  Self-regulation is also an important strength in allowing our students to find the balance needed to ensure that they navigate the digital space in a safe and respectful way, for themselves and for their many connections.

Below are reflections and comments from students:

“Today we watched a performance relating to cyberbullying. It was interesting because they used flashbacks, different costumes, a variation of characters and more. It was also really funny and suspenseful at times because they acted it out really well. This performance helped me have a better understanding about cyberbullying and the effects of it.” – Emi Pappas (7GPC-02)

“I found the presentation really eye catching to watch, but it also made me think about all the dangers of the internet. While watching the presentation it made me think about all these different scenarios. Am I being safe on the internet? Am I being careful not to let these situations happen to me, such as scamming, catfishing etc. The actors Alex and Miriam did an amazing job! Cybersafety is a huge concern for my generation and generations to come. We’re growing up on the internet so learning about certain threats are important. I also found the characters and outfits they wore creative and realistic and the stage was well set up and eye-catching for on lookers! Brainstorm Productions did an incredible job and I enjoyed their presentation very much.” – Isabella Ticca (7GPC-02)

“The performance involved an incredible amount of very valuable knowledge. I am sure all students were left with things to think about, and things they found useful. The whole performance revolved around the idea of thinking before you act and making sure your actions are kind. The performance was amazing and done by incredibly talented actors, who had the ability to completely immerse you in the show. Cyberbullying, a very prominent issue, was what the show revolved around. It stressed the idea that two wrongs do not make a right.” – Lucia Hillary (8GPC-01)

“This play was about self-regulation and making the right decisions online. The character, Ruby, made a bad decision while upset online. This decision impacted on her in more ways than imaginable. At the end of the day, she realised her mistakes and learned from them. We really enjoyed this performance because it taught us all a lesson on how important self-regulation is.” – Alex Breden, Antonia Bagnara and Giana Martino (9GPC-04)

“Some of the messages from Cyberia were to be safe online, to not meet with strangers and not trust everything online”. – Hamish Sexton (8BPC-02)

“Some of the key messages from the play Cyberia were to seek out help if you need it, be there for others when they need it, think before you post, think about how a current choice can affect you later, don’t spend all your time online, and don’t bully”. – Luca Moffett (8BPC-02)

As the students indicate, we can all benefit from focusing on an area of our lives that could benefit from self-control (the use of technology, for example). Ironically, there are helpful apps that can help to keep track of how much time we spend on our devices! We can think about our current approach in any area of life and think about what we might alter. We can use self- regulation to be a little better today than we were yesterday, leading us all to be the best we can be.

Warm wishes for a rewarding week!

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

EDUCATION PERFECT LANGUAGES CHAMPIONSHIPS 2021

From 16 to 23 March, students at St Michael’s College competed against students in 4,116 schools around the world in the Education Perfect Languages Championships.

Well done to all students who competed this year and contributed to our position as 1st in SA for Italian out of 43 schools, and 3rd, globally for Italian out of 116 schools in the 1000+ students category. Whilst we may not have won the competition as a whole across all languages, it is important to recognise that although we have 1675 students registered with EP, our stellar result for Italian (yet again) this year was the result of the efforts of 246 individuals who held Mitcham Girls’ High School at bay with a gap of almost 7,000 points!

Special congratulations to the following students, who have qualified for certificates, demonstrating persistence, curiosity and love of learning:

These will be presented at a later date. For the complete list of results please click here.

It was also wonderful, as always, to see that students at SMC have continued to use this opportunity to explore their curiosities and try their hand at other languages, resulting in additional great achievements: Arabic (3rd out of 24 schools in SA), Spanish (12th out of 40), Japanese (16th out of 48), French (23rd out of 41), German (25th out of 45), and Indonesian (11th out of 30), despite none of these languages being offered by our school. It is worth remembering that because they are registered with EP for the year, students can continue to explore the other language options throughout the year, not just during competition time.

Stay tuned for details about the SMC Italian Week Competition in Term 2 and the South Australian Language Championships coming up later in the year.

Ms Angela Benedetti, Italian Coordinator – Secondary

CHARACTER STRENGTHS PARENT/CAREGIVER INFORMATION NIGHT YEAR 7-9

Thank you to all who attended the information night on Tuesday evening. It was really affirming to have such a positive feeling amongst parents and staff present, as we discussed some data around young adolescents and a positive approach to learning and wellbeing in the Junior Secondary School. The feedback was overwhelming, and it was clear that our students really shone as ambassadors for themselves, their families and the College.  I take this opportunity to thank Year 10 students Daniella D’Silva (10PC-04), Erin Tunbridge (10PC-04), Piper Thomas (10PC-10), Lily-Mae Balkwill (10PC-05), Giovanni Troia (10PC-02), Hudson Utry (10PC-04) and Ayan Vaid (10PC-04), for giving up their time to prepare for and attend this event, and Marcus DePalma (10PC-05) for his support of the ‘team’.

As a result of popular demand, we are investigating how best to share the slides from the evening and will make them available as soon as possible.

Thank you again for your warm interest and collaboration.

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