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This Semester the Year 9 Woodwork classes were able to combine some of the new technologies that the Design, Technology & Engineering faculty has invested in. Whilst hand tools and traditional construction techniques are still extremely important, computer controlled machines such as the laser engraver and CNC router, can place added features onto students’ footstools. Students were able to place their logo or image off the internet using the laser engraver and the CNC router to place grooves in the top for added grip.  With this experience students will be able to apply what they have learnt in their future woodwork projects such as Year 10 cabinets and Year 11 coffee tables.

Mr Mark Stephens, Design & Technology Teacher – Secondary


On Tuesday and Wednesday of Week 6, Miss O’Hara’s Year 7 Girls English class and Ms Gilmore’s Year 8 Boys English class participated in the second annual Poetry Café. Over the past five weeks students have been learning about different styles of poetry, poetic devices and writing their own poetry to create an anthology.

The Poetry Café saw the students share a variety of poems with each other and some esteemed guests over hot chocolate and biscuits. It was the perfect way to conclude their unit of study!

Ms Rhiannon O’Hara, English & Drama Teacher – Secondary


On Thursday 27 August, Year 9 students gathered at the Christian Family Centre for their Retreat with a theme of exploring curiosities, creating connections, valuing ourselves and others. Students were fortunate to hear Professor Daryle Rigney from Flinders University, followed by the Principal, Mr John Foley who spoke about the College Vision and Mission, and encouraged students to live the values and vision the College nurtures. Finally, students were able to work in three groupwork sessions which focused on teamwork, social justice and finding their ‘spark’ (their passion).

9BPC-04 class leader, Giovanni Di Troia reflects:

“At the retreat the purpose was to find your spark and what your spark is. Finding your spark is something that some people find hard because they don’t realise what their spark is. One of the activities was for people to sit and really think about what their spark is and how it might help you and others. My sparks are History and Religion because these are two subjects that I am passionate about. I love learning about this because I find it interesting, and when I am older I want to become a History and Religion teacher. If I can teach students it would make me happy because I want to try teaching them other sides of History and Religion. That is my spark.

We also had a talk from a guest speaker, Professor Rigney who spoke about racism and how we may not realise the challenges in Australia. Professor Rigney showed us that often we focus on problems like the protests that are happening in America, but we don’t come to realise the extent of racism here in Australia. While no one is born a racist, sometimes people can be racist because when they see their parents do it, they think that it is part of life in a way that is acceptable. As we know, you aren’t allowed to bully someone about their race because you are making that person feel less valuable as a human being. I found the discussion interesting because it made me realise how people can be racist and not realise how they are hurting others.

Overall, I found the retreat interesting and fun because I was able to hang out with my friends and learn new things that I thought were interesting. It also felt good to find out what my spark truly is even though in the future it could possibly change I still know what my spark is right now.  I also felt happy being able to go on the retreat giving the current state of the world with COVID-19 and how other students in Melbourne, for example, aren’t allowed to do things like this because of the issues in their state.”

Students engaged well on the day, reflected on many issues, and contributed to a year level banner which is due to be finalised and displayed soon!

We continue to work on bringing to life the College Vision of ensuring that we are all known, valued and cared for and empowered and confident to explore our curiosities and flourish towards being the best we can be!

Our Year 9 Boys worked with Year 12 student leaders and their Pastoral Care teachers to explore the RESET curriculum about boys and body image concerns prepared by the Butterfly Foundation.

Class leaders of 9BPC-01, William Ashton and James Redden share their thoughts:

“In today’s society people are perceived through their physical appearance and the emotions they show. We learnt that being yourself is the way you are, and you must deal with it and express it in a positive way. You need to know that nobody is perfect and being a “man” is something people say to show more dominance over others. We discussed that people want to change the way they look and care about the way they look because of other people’s opinions on them. Through confidence in yourself and ability that you can do all things because people’s opinions should not matter. People need to learn that taking things too far isn’t ok and everyone has feelings that can be hurt. Through social media people believe that they must be perfect in today’s society. This isn’t ok and who you are is enough and you shouldn’t let people’s opinion change the way you are as a person.”

It is important to start a conversation around these issues so that students are empowered to seek help if concerned and are reminded to always be mindful of the impact that words and actions can have on those around them.

This session was intended to prepare some thinking around these issues as next week’s panel discussion facilitated by Professor Murray Drummond, and a panel of speakers including Damien Marangon, CEO Surf Life SA, will continue to build on this conversation.

We are grateful to the Year 12 students and leaders for giving their time in preparing and facilitating the session: Wil Foley, Archer Nielsen, Oscar McCann, James Choimes, Luis Benedetti, Zachary Buck, Michael Laudato, and Jack Balkwill.

“On Friday 28 August the Year 9 girls cohort participated in a day of enlightenment run by Enlighten Education. We were involved in exploring how to handle confronting situations and reconnected with our younger selves. We learnt how to become fearless and confident young women. Throughout the day we enjoyed listening to Emma Georgiadis and how she overcame certain situations throughout her life. We also took part in lots of activities from meditation to role plays, and motivating words to each other. We would like to thank Emma for her time and empowering messages that she shared with us.” – Georgie Blades and Marlie Fiegert (9GPC-04)

Mrs Tonia Carfora, Year 9 Director


The Year 9 Food Technology classes enjoyed their excursion to Sprout Cooking and Health Studio. On the excursion, students watched a cooking demonstration, cooked a delicious middle-eastern lamb dish, and listened to a Nutrition talk from a qualified dietician and chef. The recipe cooked at Sprout has been provided for the St Michael’s community to try and enjoy at home, please click the link below to view it.

Sprout Recipe


Liesel Dunstan, Food Technology Teacher – Secondary


In Week 5 we celebrated National Science Week. The theme was ‘Deep Blue: Innovations for the Future of our Oceans’.  In line with this theme, all Year 7 and Year 8 students were presented with a purpose built show titled “The Marine Team”.  This was produced by Perform Education consisting of two professional actors/educators with the purpose of sharing and educating the following:

  • to highlight what ocean sustainability means
  • how oceans impact our planet
  • solutions that generate healthy oceans
  • how you can help embrace innovative ocean technology.

The students were both engaged and entertained, and they were so immersed in the show that they forgot that they were learning!

Our second major event for the week involved all Year 9 students participating in a Forensic Science “Whodunnit” Workshop presented by Education Interactive. Students worked through 12 different forensic science techniques and technologies to gather clues and solve the case of identity.  Over 80 minutes, which felt more like 30, students were actively developing their problem solving skills and were exposed to the possibilities of how science can be applied to forensics.  It was thoroughly enjoyed by all, and Bryan the workshop facilitator was immensely impressed by our Year 9 students’ active and commendable involvement in the challenge and the associated activities.

Finally, a homework challenge (#scienceneverstopsSMC) was set for all Year 7-9 students, requiring them to identify how science is everywhere and is so easily connected with their everyday lives.  Students were asked to produce an image or video suitable for social media that captured their connection with science in their daily lives.  It was truly enjoyable to witness the variety of ways that the students utilised their creativity and media skills, producing some excellent representations of how they can so easily recognise that #scienceneverstopsSMC.  The challenge was set with prizes to be awarded for those students who impressed us with their science accuracy, their artistic creativity, their technical media skills, and of course their humour.  I am proud to share the following students have won $10 meal vouchers with Rory’s School Lunches:

Nicholas Andriolo (8BPC-05), Liam Saulters (8BPC-05), Francesco Morelli (8BPC-05), Kristian DeCandia (8BPC-05), James Nikoforos (8BPC-05), Kinsey Todd (8GPC-05), Asha Gallagher (8GPC-05), Cassidy Kilgallon (8GPC-05), Ethan Ebenezer (7BPC-05), Massimo Vorrasi (7BPC-05), Blake Keeler (7BPC-05), Charlie Begg (7BPC-02), and Jackson Lucas (7BPC-02).

Honorable mentions to Miss Harby’s Year 12 Psychology and Mr De Silva’s Year 12 Chemistry for getting involved and creating fantastic videos.

Thanks again to all the students for their engagement in this year’s Science Week activities and event.

Mr Gavin O’Reilly, Head of Department – Science