Monthly Archives: September 2014

Driver education courses announced

high-school-driver-ed-image2RAA Driver Education believes that learning to drive belongs within the education system. At St Patrick’s Technical College, we know that the ability to drive is crucial when it comes to young people securing apprenticeships.

That is why we are partners in offering a comprehensive driver education program that combines practical driver training with road safety awareness and defensive driving knowledge to stay safer on the roads.

  • Receive 25 SACE credits (Stage 1)
  • Practical driver training to obtain ‘P’ plates
  • Road safety and defensive driving education
  • Nationally recognised qualification of Certificate II in Driver Competence


All course participants must hold a current class ‘CAR’ Learner’s Permit and have the ability to practice driving with a Qualified Supervising Driver (parent or caregiver) for 2 hours between professional driving lessons.

Course intakes

  • 2015 Semester 1 intake in February* ENROL NOW
  • Location / Session Times
  • St Patrick’s Technical College Seminar Room
  • Mondays 4.00 – 5.30pm


  • Weekly 1 hour theory sessions for the entire semester
  • 10 x 90 minute practical sessions (booked by appointment)*
  • 1 x 90 minute practical refresher lesson before going on P’s
  • * Practical sessions can commence sooner for participants already with ‘L’ plates

RAA LOGO_Full Col_CMYKFees & Enrolments

Total course fees for RAA Members = $1,695 (GST free). Non-member price = $1,795 (GST free). This does not have to be paid in full up front – several payment plans are available.

To enrol, please contact RAA Driver Education at or call (08) 8202 4444

Click here to visit the RAA Driver Education website for more information …

Archbishop’s Awards for Excellence

Mathew Smart (’14 Applied Engineering) & Melissa Bagnato (’14 Hair & Beauty) have been awarded Archbishop’s Awards of Excellence for Senior Students. The awards were presented during Mass at St Francis Xavier Cathedral tonight, by Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson.

Apb2Mathew and Mel were among 56 students, two from each Catholic secondary school in Adelaide, nominated for the annual Archbishop’s Awards of Excellence for Senior Students.

Both Archbishop Wilson and Director of Catholic Education SA, Dr Paul Sharkey, spoke of the importance of recognising young Catholics in this way during the Mass and presentation.

The criteria for nomination are:

  • a demonstrated commitment to the Catholic faith as well as to personal excellence;
  • a positive contribution to the school and wider community; and
  • approaching the future with a sense of optimism and hope.

During the celebratory supper following Mass, Archbishop Wilson made special comment of the particular interest he takes in St Patrick’s Technical College and the pride he feels in the school’s achievements in assisting young people to transition from school to work.

St Patrick’s Technical College congratulates both Matthew and Melissa on their awards.

Message from Canberra


Thank you for your email of 27 August 2014 informing me that Mr Luke Forrest has become the 600th apprentice at St Patrick’s Technical College.

I would like to congratulate St Patrick’s Technical College on this incredible achievement, which is a testament to the high status of vocational education and training at your College. School-based apprenticeships provide an important pathway for students to make an effective transition from school to work.

I commend you for the leadership you have shown in working with employers in Northern Adelaide to help meet their workforce development needs. The Government believes that a quality education system, which caters for all students, is critical to the enduring prosperity and economic growth of the nation.

Thank you for sharing this commitment and supporting your students to achieve their potential.

Yours sincerely
Christopher Pyne MP
Minister for Education