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COME TOGETHER

Come Together was a magnificent performance, showcasing the extraordinary hard work and talent that exists within the musical communities of St Michael’s College, St Mary’s College, Christian Brother’s College and Nazareth Catholic Community. The performing bands and vocal ensembles treated the audience to a more-than-professional show… It was like sitting at the Festival Theatre with moving performances by each group! The day started with the grand performance of the Combined Schools Concert Band, who played the 10 minute piece ‘Mekong’, which left the audience in awe as the students played this powerful piece.

The standard was set high, and the remaining entertainers met the challenge! The audience was delighted by the program which included vocal groups, a guitar ensemble, flute ensemble, string orchestra and SMC’s very own Groove Collective. The Combined String Orchestra played Tchaikovsky with great passion, leaving listeners sitting on the edge of their seats! Brian Gilbertson AM was the official host, and his extensive industry-knowledge provided thought-provoking insight into the expertise required by the performing students. His humor was also very much appreciated by the audience as the stage-set-up was modified between acts! The final arrangement included the Combined Schools Choir, who demanded a spine-tingling response from the crowd, highlighting the collaborative-benefits of “coming together” to celebrate music.

Come Together was a special collaborative event, evolving as a replacement for the combined College concerts that have previously been held at “The Gov”. COVID-19 restrictions prevented the students from performing together in 2020, so the Music Directors from each College decided to work together and give their students the chance to perform in 2021.

Well done to the clever and committed Music Directors, staff and students from each College. You have who made this experience one of the most positive, entertaining and amazing performances ever!

To view the ‘Come Together’ photo album please click here.

DANCE SHOWCASE

The Semester 1 2021 Dance Showcase was held at The Parks Theatre on Friday 25 June with over 130 dancers taking the stage. Students from Years 7 to 12 performed work that had been created during class and at Co-Curricular Dance.

Two performances were available for parents to attend with students dancing in back to back shows at 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm. The night was a huge success as the variety of pieces completed were very impressive and students were outstanding in their performances which were both challenging and exciting.

Thank you to all the parents who supported the students with sold out shows and a big thank you to all staff that supported the event.

To view images from this performance please click here.

Mrs Dani Caputo, Dance Coordinator – Secondary

YEAR 11 COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN

Across this term, Year 11 Computer Aided Design students have been creating a pinball machine to demonstrate their 3D modelling and design skills. Students used the design process to structure their project, starting with research and review of the design features of products, materials and production techniques. Hand drawing was used to explore different themes and communicate a range of ideas for the playing field graphics and features. Using advanced manufacturing techniques, parts were either 3D printed or laser cut from different materials and assembled into a small, fully functional pinball machine. Students reflected on the project through a final evaluation, commenting:

“Overall I enjoyed this project. Yes it did come with its challenges and obstacles, however I was able to overcome them. I really liked how we got to explore by ourselves, such as finding our own theme and designs to base our pinball machine on. I also liked the flexibility and independence of being able to manage ourselves”. – Lina Ciampa (11PC-06)

“I thoroughly enjoyed the project, especially seeing the final product of my own design”. – Cesar Machiste Guitian (11PC-06)

“I really enjoyed making this project, especially making and designing the playing field, bumpers, slingshots, trophy hit targets, and the spinner. What I enjoyed the most is playing the pinball machine at the end when I had finished assembling it all together. I worked hard to make all parts of the pinball and seeing it work and playing it is what makes it really enjoyable”. – Peter Rualhleng (11PC-04)

Ms Tess Morcom, Design and Technology Teacher – Secondary

VISUAL ARTS

A group of Visual Art students had the opportunity to view rarely seen art works on paper by artists such as Paul Beadle, Dora Chapman, Robert Hannaford, and Nora Heysen. Students examined their mark making techniques and were encouraged to consider an interesting pose for their reference image taken on the day.

Established artist and facilitator, Ruby Chew guided the students through a series of drawings exploring facial features, mark making, structure, facial planes and tone before beginning their final self-portrait. All students who participated will have the opportunity to exhibit their work in ‘Transforming Techniques’, a South Australian Living Artists (SALA) online drawing exhibition showcasing the work of South Australian students.

To view more images please click here.

Mrs Nicolle LeRay-Warren, Head of Department – Visual Arts – Secondary

BREAKFAST CLUB (Moving to Thursday mornings in Semester 2)

It’s been an amazing year so far for the Breakfast Club. Students from all year levels have made their way to the Hospitality Centre each Wednesday for a weekly serving of freshly made toast, yoghurt, juice and milo. Many thanks to our senior students and staff members who help out each week (they know who they are). In addition to providing some breakfast, which is widely considered the most important meal of the day, Breakfast Club has provided staff and students with another way for everyone to connect and enjoy the company of other members in our College community. We look forward to seeing many more smiling faces (and awesome music playlists from DJ Viz) next semester. Please note, Breakfast Club will be moving to Thursday mornings from Week 1, Term 3.

Mr Anthony Vizaniaris, on behalf of the Breakfast Club Crew (pictured). Notable absentees Mr Williams and Mrs Dorian.  

 

“THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON TECHNOLOGY” Dr Michael Nagel, University of the Sunshine Coast

Last Monday, Associate Professor Dr Michael Nagel presented to a group of student leaders and a number of staff. It was inspiring to see students and staff attend and participate in this important conversation as this demonstrates the commitment and leadership that we hope our student leaders develop as learners and leaders for the world.

Dr Nagel’s one hour presentation focused on the nature of the brain, and its development during adolescence in particular. It then considered the impact of technology on our health and wellbeing and was able to highlight some areas of concern and potential actions that might help us all to be safer and healthier device users.

Students attending the presentation commented on the following elements that they learned:

  •  I learnt that boys’ brains take longer to develop than girls and I learnt how technology can be a distraction to people.
  • That we need to connect more rather than be on our devices.
  • I knew that using your phone and social media too much is bad, however I gained a deeper understanding of the impacts that technology can have on our physical and mental health. I was surprised to know that most of the thinking in preadolescents occurs in the emotional part of the brain and that the thinking or reactions in adults occur in the analytical part of the brain.
  • I learnt about the importance of having time off screens to be able to strengthen my social skills, my mental health, and my study skills.
  • The importance of sleep in regard to focus and attitudes.
  • The idea of the brain changing and altering during the ages 12-17.
  • I learnt how different the brain reacts to mobile phones.
  • From this presentation I learnt that using too much technology can affect the brain and that the brain is different depending on your age.
  • The science regarding the brain and the psychology behind using phones.

A focus group of students who attended will now gather in Week 2 next term to discuss and develop strategies around how at St Michael’s we can support each other to be healthier users of devices.

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

YEARS 7-9 LEARNING AND WELLBEING CHARACTER STRENGTH FOCUS

Week 10: Kindness

As a Catholic school in the Lasallian tradition, we often reflect on the teachings of St John Baptist de La Salle, who is also the Patron Saint of Teachers. He is credited with establishing a philosophy and practice of teaching which encompasses the whole student, and which teaches the value of love and kindness… “Be warm-hearted to everyone, speaking to others in a gentle and respectful way” and “Never speak to anyone except with kindness.”

As borders close around us, our experience from early last year easily returns to mind. We too remained at home, albeit very briefly. It was a time when there was uncertainty in our state, when we did the best we could to carry on with as much ‘normality’ as possible, and when we looked forward with hope.

COVID saw us rediscover the importance of our own home and backyard, our neighbourhood, neighbours and nature. In the many newsfeeds across social media platforms we saw people who bonded together across balconies and neighborhoods to maintain a sense of social connection, celebrating the best of what it means to be neighbours in the ‘unprecedented’ circumstances. We might have shopped for elderly family, established dinners across zoom rather than in person, and ‘checked in’ with friends and relatives with a new-found regularity. You may remember that in Year 7-9 we produced the shared cookbook, ‘In Times Like These’, and in Year 9 we recorded and published messages of Hope, Hugs and Gratitude, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQV5M_TyliU_), amongst many other initiatives of gratitude and kindness across the College. Though it is none of our preference to experience situations that are challenging, it seems, despite the hardship, that we can emerge from these experiences, as better people, friends and neighbours; kinder, more grateful and more considerate of the needs of others.

Last week at St Michael’s Dr Tessa Opie spoke on the matter of consent and interpersonal relationships to staff, parents and Year 10 students. Kindness is a strength that has a role to play here too (together with love, fairness, humility, honesty and social intelligence). If we are kind and considerate we do not overlook the need for consent, rather we put it front and centre, in whatever the issue is. It can be as simple as borrowing a pen. The understanding of, and respect for consent is crucial, and positive relationships are essential to us as people. Kindness (and other strengths) can operate as a preventative strength in this complex area.

In a similar way, kindness can help us to manage our social media contributions so that they do not hurt or offend. As parents we can sometimes feel overwhelmed and unable to fully comprehend the reach of social media. In her presentation to all year levels this term, Susan McLean asked students to be kind and brave. When students are reminded to post in kindness and with prudence, we know that this does help to avoid exclusion, offence or hurt, and helps us to work towards being the community where each person is ‘known, valued and cared for’ across the digital space too!

At a time when the news is laden with discussion around vaccines, kindness, it would seem, is almost a sort of vaccine to these potentially damaging situations; effectively having the capacity to avoid ill feeling, injustice and offense, especially when employed in tandem with other strengths.

Hugh Mackay, author of The Kindness Revolution comments that “a kindness revolution could lead to a more energetic commitment to reconciliation with our First Peoples, or a more humane response to people who come here legitimately seeking asylum or a more determined effort to eradicate poverty and homelessness- to say nothing of more urgent action in the face of the looking effects of climate change. Might we finally stamp out racism, sexism, ageism?” (p20). All such important issues for the future of our children, for our world and for their capacity to become the learners and leaders they choose to be.

Mackay also discusses a Gospel story we all remember- the story of the loaves and the fishes where Jesus feeds 5000 people, and still has food leftover. In some ways, Mackay suggests, kindness is like this. We can spread it all around and still have plenty to spare. It seems to regenerate, just like the loaves and fishes seemed to do. When we share kindness, we leave people feeling better than they did before, and we feel good about this too. The people we share kindness with can also be inspired to share their own kindness and before we know it, we have a wave of kindness- acts of kindness perpetuated by those whose lives or ‘hearts we touched’ as St John Baptist de La Salle would say.

Have a wonderful Week 10 and school holiday ahead!

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

References:
Hugh Mackay The Kindness Revolution. Allen And Unwin, 2021.
100 Quotes from St John Baptist de La Salle viewed at  www.delasalle.org.uk/quotes.pdf accessed 15 June 2021

EXAMS – YEAR 12 EXAM PROTOCOLS

Student responsibilities

  • Students should be ready to enter the Exam Room 15 minutes before the starting time.  Please assemble in the adjacent courtyard; for example, for all morning exams, please assemble by 8:40am, sign the attendance sheet outside the room and you will be directed from there.
  • Students are not to enter the Exam Room until invited to do so.
  • Students are to ensure that all the necessary equipment has been obtained for the Exam.  NO borrowing will be permitted.  NO pencil cases allowed.
  • Where the exam is undertaken in electronic format, students are responsible for ensuring their laptop is fully charged and updated and wired headphones only are used if required (check requirements with Subject Teacher).
  • Students plagiarising will have their paper cancelled.  However, the Exam must be completed.  Obviously final assessment will be adversely affected.
  • No student will be permitted to leave the Exam Room before the appointed finishing time.
  • The allowance for Reading Time varies depending upon the particular exam.  Students must listen carefully to instructions from the invigilator regarding reading time.  All notes must be written on the sheet supplied ONLY.   Before the Exam, consideration should be given as to how best to use this tie.  Check with teachers if uncertain.
  • If a student is ill and unable to attend, a phone call must be made to Mr O’Reilly, ideally prior to the commencement of the exam.
  • Full College uniform is required for all exams, including compliance with the Uniform Code.
  • Students are encouraged to bring a dictionary into the examination room but only unmarked dictionaries are to be used.
  • Students will not be required for formal lessons during the exam week.  Instead, private study should take place at home.
  • Graphic calculators need to be cleared for subjects other than Mathematics.
  • For online exams students will need to clear their laptops of any unnecessary files, undertake a complete shutdown and restart the night before the exam to avoid being disrupted by updates, and ensure their laptops are fully charged.
  • Mobile phones are NOT permitted.  Teachers will not be responsible for these during the examination period.
Year 12 2021 Semester 1 Exam Timetable

 

Time Monday 19 July Tuesday 20 July Wednesday 21 July Thursday 22 July Friday 23 July
AM General Mathematics Exam (68)
9:00 – 10:40 am
1 hour 40 minsMathematical Methods Exam (47)
9:00 – 11:10 am
2 hours 10 mins
English Literary Studies Exam (46)
9:00 – 10:40 am
1 hour 40 mins
Biology Exam (50)
9:00 – 11:20 am
2 hours 10 minsPhysics Exam (26)
9:00 – 11:10 am
2 hours 10 mins
Chemistry Exam (35)
9:00 – 11:10 am
2 hours 10 minsEconomics Exam (30)
9:00 – 11:10 am
2 hours 10 mins
Modern History Exam (14)
9:00 – 11:10 am
2 hours 10 minsNutrition Exam (25)
9:00 – 11:10 am
2 hours 10 mins
PM Psychology Exam (30)
12:00 – 14:10 pm
2 hours 10 minsGeography Exam (9)
12:00 – 14:10 pm
2 hours 10 mins
Specialist Mathematics Exam (20)
12:00 – 14:10 pm
2 hours 10 minsEssential Mathematics Exam (20)
12:00 – 13:40 pm
1 hour 40 mins
Accounting Exam (21)
12:00 – 14:10 pm
2 hours 10 mins
Legal Studies Exam (38)
12:00 – 14:10 pm
2 hours 10 mins
Italian – Continuers Exam (8)
12:00 – 14:10 pm
2 hours 10 mins

 

SECONDARY SUBJECT COUNSELLING INFORMATION

Term 3 is when students and parents make important decisions regarding subject choices in preparation for future career pathways. These choices should be guided by student interest and success in preparatory subjects.

In Semester 2, students in Year 10 will be completing the Personal Learning Plan (PLP) as the first stage of their SACE Certificate. This is designed to assist students to identify possible career paths. Various ‘Parent Information Nights’ are scheduled to explain the subject selection process and SACE Certificate requirements, and the College recommends parents attend these sessions if possible.

Mr Anthony Vizaniaris and Ms Rose Coorey are available for careers counselling and Mr Kevin Woolford is available for advice on VET courses.

 

YEAR 12 (CURRENT)
Monday 2 August: 7:00pm
LEC Auditorium
South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC) Information Evening.
Attendance recommended for Year 12 Parents.
Monday 2 August 6:00 – 8:00pm
LEC Ground Floor
Tertiary Information Evening: Displays by tertiary organisations.
Optional attendance: Current Year 12 students and parents.
YEAR 11 (CURRENT)
Monday 2 August 7:00pm
MacKillop Centre
SACE Parent Information Evening.
Attendance recommended: Current Year 11 parents.
Students not required to attend.
Monday 2 August 6:00 – 8:00pm
LEC Ground Floor
Tertiary Information Evening: Displays by tertiary organisations.
Optional attendance: Current Year 11 students and parents.
Wednesday 11 August 9:00am Year 12 2022 Subject Selection Assembly.
Attendance compulsory: Current Year 11 students.
Thursday 2 September 9:00am – 8:30pm
Resource Centre
Subject Selection Counselling Day. No Year 11 lessons.
Current Year 11 students and parents required to attend prearranged interviews.
YEAR 10 (CURRENT)
Tuesday 27 July 7:00pm
MacKillop Centre
SACE Parent Information.
Evening Attendence recommended: Current Year 10 Parents.
Students not required to attend.
Monday 2 August 6:00 – 8:00pm
LEC Ground Floor
Tertiary Information Evening: Displays by tertiary organisations.
Optional attendance: Current Year 10 students and parents.
Wednesday 4 August 9:00am Year 11 2022 Subject Selection Assembly.
Attendance compulsory: Current Year 10 students.
Tuesday 24 August 9:00am – 8:30pm
Resource Centre
Subject Selection Counselling Day. Year 10 lessons.
Current Year 10 students and parents required to attend prearranged interviews.
YEAR 7, 8 AND 9 (CURRENT)
Wednesday 18 August
Pastoral Care
MacKillop Centre
Student subject selection procedures assembly.
Attendance compulsory: Current Years 7, 8 and 9 students.

 

Mr Gavin O’Reilly, Director of Curriculum & Assessment