Monthly Archives: September 2020

Walking a mile for Hutt Street Centre

Collectively walking 206 miles, raising $3,979 and exceeding all expectations, St Patrick’s Technical College students and staff covered the grounds in orange for the Walk a Mile in My Boots Challenge to raise funds for Hutt Street Centre.

In a challenge to help end homelessness, students and staff took to the turf last Thursday to raise much needed funds for and awareness of people living on our streets in South Australia.

A BIG thank you to our students, staff, families, and industry sponsors for the generous donations and in helping us surpass our goal! Our thank you also extends to State Crane Trucks and Nik and Sally from E&S Garden Fresh Produce for assisting us in making this event such a success. We are so proud knowing that we have ALL made a difference.

The Year 12 Plumbing and Metals & Engineering students were behind the idea of participating in the challenge as an external task for their Health component in the Community Studies course. The chosen activity required community engagement and a focus on creating awareness of people in need.

Hutt Street Centre’s annual Walk A Mile in My Boots event, organised during National Homelessness Week in August, was altered due to restrictions in place for COVID-19 with individual events taking place this year instead of a large group gathering.

Eight weeks of planning to hold an event at the College came to fruition on Thursday 3 September with the help from the Year 11 Student Advisory Panel and members of staff setting up the walking course, food and drink stalls, and mile card tallying.

Collectively walking 206 miles has seen the College achieve their fundraising target… and so much more. What was a fun-filled event provided an opportunity to strengthen relationships, increase awareness of homelessness, but most importantly achieve a goal in helping to improve the lives of others.

Industry mentoring encouraging STEM careers

We are excited to have mentoring in the classroom resume for our Information Technology (IT) students, receiving one-on-one guidance from P-TECH Australia partners Saab Australia.

As part of the P-TECH Australia (Pathways in Technology) program, mentoring with key industry partners provides an education-industry collaboration and industry-supported pathways for students to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

With mentoring grinding to a halt earlier in the year due to COVID-19, our Year 11 and 12 IT students were unable to receive direct industry guidance for their Subs in Schools Technology Challenge.

Thankfully, the tides have changed this school term and Saab Australia engineers, Daniel Pace and Jared Bouchier, have been mentoring fortnightly in the classroom to assist students in understanding the complexities of underwater design, electronics, and mathematics. The world’s first in-class submarine design competition provides students with the opportunity to collaborate with industry and to foster their STEM learning.

The Subs in Schools Technology Challenge was created specifically to develop employability skills in students and to encourage them in Defence Industries careers. The challenge is complex and involves the use of industry-standard technologies, a focus on team building, and collaboration with industry.