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New training providers on board for 2022

St Patrick’s Technical College is pleased to announce four new training providers on board for 2022 to deliver quality training and assessment of our VET programs.

The College recently signed VET Agreements with Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), PEER, Motor Trade Association (MTA), Adelaide Institute of Hospitality, and Adelaide Training & Employment Centre (ATEC).

Providing on-site training at the College by utilising our specialist trade workshops, our new training providers will be instrumental in supporting and skilling our students towards their trade careers.

This is a very exciting time for the College having signed and secured new partnerships with highly regarded and leading training providers:

PEER (RTO Code 7027) delivering Certificate II in Engineering Pathways (MEM20413), Electrotechnology (UEE22020), and Plumbing (22569VIC).

PEER is highly regarded for delivering trade training and assessment excellence. They are the largest employer of apprentices within the building and Construction industry in South Australia.

MTA (RTO Code 2293) delivering Certificate II in Automotive Servicing Technology (AUR20520).

The MTA is South’s Australia’s only dedicated Automotive industry training provider, delivering high quality, industry developed training that is modern and responsive to industry needs. Their training will prepare our students for a career in many different automotive pathways.

Adelaide Institute of Hospitality (RTO Code 40138) delivering Certificate II in Kitchen Operations (SIT20416).

Specialising in the delivery of Commercial Cookery and Hospitality qualifications, Adelaide Institute of Hospitality’s (AIOH) educators are at the top of their field ensuring the education and training received is engaging, contemporary, relevant, and of the highest quality.

Earlier this year the AIOH brought in acclaimed chef Emma McCaskill, in the new role of VET in Schools Business Development Consultant, to build closer connections between hospitality operators and secondary students.

“My jobs is to link industry to schools across South Australia, mentor students and help school students get into the industry through school-based apprenticeships,” McCaskill said.

Adelaide Training & Employment Centre (RTO Code 0022) delivering Certificate II in Construction Pathways (CPC20220).

Adelaide Training & Employment Centre (ATEC) actively contributes to the growth of employment and development of skills in South Australia and are committed to delivering customised and high-quality training for our Construction students.

The new training partnerships will provide exciting opportunities for our students.

New College Leaders Commissioned

St Patrick’s Technical College today celebrated the commissioning of our new 2021/22 College Leaders. Megan McAloney and Nathan Elliot take on the roles of College Captains, with Madison Grungo, Kane Materne, Jy Dittmar, and Kyla Dellar, as College Vice Captains.

Our new leaders were blessed during a special Liturgy, led by Father Pat Woods from Elizabeth Catholic Parish, and presented with their leadership badges.

These students now commence an important act of service by advocating for the student body, building positive relationships, and representing St Patrick’s Technical College in the wider community.

We also congratulate the Year 10 and Year 11 students who were presented with award certificates recognising their outstanding attitude, effort, and application in all aspects of learning in Semester 1.

2021 CDFC Scholarship Recipients

Kicking goals and reaping the awards comes as no surprise for two St Patrick’s Technical College students. Oliver Robinson and Nathan Elliott are this year’s recipients of the Central District Football Club (CDFC) Scholarship. These budding footballers and aspiring tradies were selected for their outstanding commitment to representing the Club and to the College’s education and training program.

Oliver and Nathan have been kicking the ball from a very early age. The two Bulldogs players have been playing alongside each other since the U13s, notching up hours of games and goals for the Elizabeth-based Club. 

The scholarship, awarded annually, is provided by the Central District Football Club for the purpose of rewarding students attending St Patrick’s Technical College who demonstrate outstanding commitment to representing the Club and the College. The scholarship covers two-thirds of the College’s Tuition Fee.

Year 12 Retreat

Year 12 students participated in a three day Retreat Camp held at Woodhouse Activity Centre in the Adelaide Hills. The annual event for our graduating class provides an opportunity to leave behind their normal daily lives and be part of a process which allows them to take stock of where they have come from and where they are going.

Through a range of activities, students were given the chance to reflect on their lives and the people who support and love them. It was also a time of deepening friendships and delighting in the company of one another.

Some of the outside activities included Challenge Hill, Laser Skirmish and Tube Sliding while they also participated in smaller group games and times of reflection. 

Students are to be commended on the enthusiastic way they entered into the program and it was fantastic to hear the camp and catering staff speak so highly about the nature and quality of our students.

Mr John Neate | Teaching & Learning Manager

Minister for Education visits College

Special guest Minister for Education the Hon John Gardner MP was welcomed to the College on Tuesday 18 May for a tour of our unique educational facilities. Year 11 & 12 students from the Food & Hospitality, Hair & Beauty, and Childcare programs did an amazing job hosting our guest.

The outline of the tour was planned and conducted as part of the students’ Event Management studies. Scripts were written and gourmet boxes of delights were specifically designed to tantalise the taste buds and showcase the talents of our amazing students and staff. 

We acknowledge the expertise of teachers Anastasia Cavuoto and Marija Babic for their student guidance and for all the preparation that went into organising the visit.

Invited guests also included Jamie Blowes from Catholic Education South Australia, and College Board Member Jacqui Asser.


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Subs In Schools inspiring next-gen engineers

Year 10 students have kicked-off the term with Subs In Schools, a STEM based program allowing students to explore the complexities of maritime engineering and hydrodynamics.
Thanks to mentors Nathaniel, Alec, Paul, Max and Jeremy from Saab Australia, one of our P-Tech industry partners, for stepping into the workshops each week where students are assisted in the build and understanding of the complexities of a Remote Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV).
It is a privilege to have IT and Engineering mentors from Saab’s Graduate Program supporting the students and our College by sharing their knowledge and encouraging them to explore a STEM career pathway.

Archbishop blessing on Saint Patrick’s Day

It was such a blessing and honour to have welcomed Archbishop Patrick O’Regan to the College for our annual Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations. As a special guest, Archbishop O’Regan lead students and staff in a whole-school liturgy, along with a blessing of the new College Values. The Archbishop was joined by Fr Pat Woods, from the Elizabeth Catholic Parish, to concelebrate the liturgy and reveal our newly installed decorative windows.

Before the liturgy, Archbishop O’Regan and Dr Neil McGoran, Director of Catholic Education South Australia, toured the facilities with our College Captains to witness how truly unique we really are! What a fantastic opportunity for students to engage with our Catholic leaders.

Once again, a beautiful spread was provided by our Food & Hospitality students and staff for our guests to delight in.

Now it wouldn’t be Saint Patrick’s Day without something green to eat! So as the official celebrations came to a close, our students and staff enjoyed the traditional #StPatsTech festive green donuts.

Taking a leap for charity

Year 10 student Holly Mashford is facing her ultimate fear of heights when she charity jumps this month in support of disadvantaged children. The St Patrick’s Technical College student will be jumping from a plane to raise awareness and money for Variety SA – The Children’s Charity, with all funds raised supporting children and families who are facing many challenges through sickness, disadvantage or living with special needs. Holly’s fundraising target is $500 through crowdfunding platform

Each year thousands of families turn to Variety SA for support when they need it the most. Through Holly’s association with the Variety Bash team ‘Hot Wheels’, she has decided to elevate her fundraising by skydiving from a Cessna aircraft at 15,000 feet and leaving behind her fears as she takes in the incredible views over the skies of Lower Light.

“While I am petrified of jumping out of a plane, that is nothing compared to some obstacles other children face on a daily basis.”

“I would like to show those children and their families that other children and families support them.”

Holly’s fundraising target is $500 by end of March through crowdfunding platform Let’s all get behind Holly and show our support for her remarkable and brave commitment to taking a leap for charity! Donate today>

Crikey! It’s cricket… Round 2

The St Patrick’s Technical College Open Boys Cricket team went in strong for Round 2 of the state-wide knockout cricket tournament. Facing Faith Lutheran College in Tanunda, the boys began well with their pace bowlers keeping their opponents on the back foot. The game looked to be turning to #StPatsTech’s favour when Tyron McInnes-Northcott brought in his spin, knocking out five batsmen over the space of a few overs – a performance that won him the game ball.

Unfortunately, the batting collapsed quickly against the consistent bowling and strong fielding of the opposition, knocking #StPatsTech out of the tournament.

St Patricks Technical College – All out for 64
Faith Lutheran College – All out for 108

Well done to the boys for their outstanding efforts in both rounds of the tournament: Heath, Hunter, Jacko, Travis, Liam, Kane, Jack, Max, Brodie, Samuel and Tyron.

Faith-filled student awarded

Congratulations to Year 12 Construction student, Oliver Warley, who is the recipient of the John Brewer Scholarship awarded by the Knights of the Southern Cross. The $1500 scholarship will assist Oliver with his fees and education expenses during his Year 12 studies at the St Patrick’s Technical College.

Thank you to Mr John Neate, the College’s Community, Spirituality and Identity Teaching and Learning Manager, for nominating Oliver for his faith-filled commitment to his Catholic faith.

The scholarship is named in memory of the late Bro. John T Brewer, a Knights of the Southern Cross member who gave years of service to his church, community, and the Knights.