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Student Finalists in SA Training Awards

We are excited to announce and congratulate the following St Patrick’s Technical College students and alumnus as FINALISTS in this yearโ€™s SA Training Awards.

๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ ๐—›๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ธ
Year 12 Metals & Engineering student
๐—ฆ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น-๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—”๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฌ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜
Click here to read Rebeccaโ€™s bio and the other finalists.
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๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—น๐—ฎ ๐—ฆ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฑ
Year 11 Food & Hospitality student
๐—ฉ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฆ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฌ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜
Click here to read Laylaโ€™s bio and the other finalists.
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๐—œ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต
Class of 2018 Old Scholar
๐—”๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฌ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜
Click here to read Isaacโ€™s bio and the other finalists.


Serving others this winter

As the cooler months rolled in, students at St Patrickโ€™s Technical College commenced the planning and coordinating of activities to support the important work of Vinnies.

The Religious Education program provided Year 10 students with the opportunity to explore the history and work of the St Vincent de Paul Society, and as a final activity, students formed groups to plan various projects.

Students organised clothing baskets in classrooms and called upon their peers to make donations of non-perishable food items. Baskets were filled to the brim, with donations distributed through the local Elizabeth Vinnies branch.

Other groups coordinated lunchtime BBQs, raising money for various Vinnies programs, and a winter clothes drive was aimed at staff who so generously supported this great cause. Thanks to the Fredโ€™s Van service, the donated scarves, gloves, beanies, blankets, and socks have already made their way to people in need of a little more warmth this winter.

The college values its special relationship with Vinnies and are always looking for ways to deepen the connection.

Ladies at the Vinnies Womenโ€™s Crisis Centre were recently pampered by the Year 11 Food & Hospitality and Hair & Beauty students. Creating a memorable day, the ladies enjoyed hair and beauty services, a special morning tea, and activity packs and games were given to the children staying at the centre.

St Patrickโ€™s Technical College takes seriously its core value of service. At some stage in their school journey at the Edinburgh North college, all students will be involved in a project or activity to help people in the local community by supporting the vital work of Vinnies.

Archbishop learns tricks of the trade

Archbishop Patrick Oโ€™Regan picked up a few handy trade tips during a recent visit to St Patrickโ€™s Technical College. It was wonderful to welcome the Archbishop to the College, to engage with students in their trade classes and officiate a special Year 10 Liturgy.

Joined by Dr. Neil McGoran, Director of Catholic Education South Australia, the Archbishop met with many students involved in hands-on trade activities in the Construction, Metals & Engineering, Electrotechnology, and Automotive workshops and classrooms. Students were keen to share their learning with the Archbishop and to demonstrate their various trade skills.

After visiting the classes, the Archbishop led a special Liturgy for the Year 10 students focussing on the gifts and talents that marked each student. Archbishop Oโ€™Regan challenged students to always use these gifts in the service of others and to be brave like their College patron, Saint Patrick.

The College also welcomed Old Scholar Rhys Ferrari (Class of ’16) to address the assembly, encouraging students to be motivated, committed, and to seize opportunities. Rhys spoke of his amazing story since leaving school, having completed his Electronics apprenticeship, and now working on a range of defence projects as a technician with BAE Systems Australia. Last year, Rhys was appointed as a member of the College Board. Sharing his student journey and his incredible trade career story with the students, has encouraged them to find their inspiration and passion.

The visit of Archbishop Oโ€™Regan to the College once again highlighted the importance of St Patrickโ€™s Technical College in providing a unique experience in our Catholic school system for young people in the north of Adelaide.

2022 CDFC Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Year 10 student Mitchell Tidswell, recipient of this yearโ€™s Central District Football Club (CDFC) Scholarship. The budding footballer and aspiring tradie has been kicking the footy since the age of nine with local club Gawler Central. This year, Mitchell has ramped up his training hours and donned the Bulldogs guernsey by joining CDFC as a member of the U16 squad.

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

Bridging construction and science

Bridges support extreme weight, span distances and withstand enormous forces. STEM gives us confidence that bridges can be built successfully, and through hands-on design and experimentation, our students have bridged construction with science.
In Innovations, Year 10 students have been investigating different forces and how they affect construction design. Working on a bridge construction task, students were provided with 200 matchsticks to build a bridge to meet specific criteria for span length and height of road structure. At the completion of their constructions, the bridges are tested for how much weight they can carry until the bridge fails.
Innovations provides students with the opportunity to apply inquiry-based approaches to design, plan, and undertake investigations related to a variety of trades responding to local or global situations.


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Training through VR technology

The incredible power of Virtual Reality (VR) training is now in the classrooms at St Patrick’s Technical College. Our Year 11 Automotive students have been introduced to the world of spray painting through augmented and virtual reality technology. This is a new style of learning for our students, with training provider MTA (RTO Code 2293) transforming their learning in automotive service and repair with a different set of tools.


Experiencing the world of work

Year 11 Construction student Jake Reid was on the tools during Block 1 of Work Experience week at local business Quantum Steel Fabrications. Learning various new skills and fabricating a free-standing rack for the overhead crane shackles, Jake has truly demonstrated competence and quality workmanship in metal fabrication.

It was also fantastic to catch-up with Old Scholar (Class of โ€™20) Isaac Harding, a second-year apprentice with Quantum, who was doing a fine job mentoring Jake.

Real workplace experience is an integral part of learning at St Patrick’s Technical College. Students participate in Work Experience blocks throughout the year to provide them with an understanding of their chosen trade pathway and insight into the demands and expectations of the working world.

It is also an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm in working towards gaining a trade career, with a significant number of students offered apprenticeships or traineeships by employers following successful Work Experience.

Quantum Steel Fabrications in Edinburgh North provides quality structural and architectural steel solutions for residential and schools. Working in partnership with businesses to provide opportunities for our students supports our unique model of education and assists in preparing our young people for the world of work.

AUSCO partnership fills skills gap

Students from St Patrickโ€™s Technical College in the northern suburbs have been hired to help local construction company Ausco Modular almost double its workforce over summer in an exclusive partnership that will help the company meet a skills gap and give teenagers hands-on experience.

Many of the 18 students employed from the College had intended to spend their summer continuing typical part-time work for teenagers but are now being paid for up to four months of full-time work as trades assistants for the Edinburgh North business.

The company manufactures transportable buildings for use in sectors such as education, recreation, and health, and has needed to recruit about 100 people โ€“ on top of its current 160-strong workforce โ€“ to meet new contracts that has led to it expanding to a second site.

Ausco regional manager Simon Manser said it previously had taken on a couple of work experience students from the College for one or two-week placements so he knew that students would have some of the job-ready skills it needed.

โ€œWe had three to four weeks to recruit between 80 and 100 people and thought, โ€˜How could we go about that?โ€™,โ€ he said.

โ€œRather than going to Christmas casual jobs such as in retail, we thought we could offer students something meaningful to what they were doing at school, or potentially meaningful, with a trade.

โ€œItโ€™s general building work, thereโ€™s some small electrical and plumbing components. Itโ€™s different to conventional building which is done from the outside in โ€“ weโ€™re doing it in a factory environment, weโ€™re process flow-driven, we push the building down the production line.โ€

Mr Manser said students also would gain insight into trades such as electrical and plumbing so would be able to reconfirm, or change their minds, when making career choices.

The Year 10 and 11 students are working at Auscoโ€™s Edinburgh North factory as well as its new site at Lionsgate, the former Holden factory.

The students began at the start of Term 4 and will work full time, 6.30am to 3pm, through to the contractsโ€™ completion at the end of January 2022.

St Patrickโ€™s Technical College Apprenticeship and Traineeship Manager Jayne Shortt said it was the first partnership of this scale that the College had arranged with an employer.

โ€œEmployers know they can approach the College and can employ our students who are prepared, have work experience and can be on the tools,โ€ she said.

โ€œAs a technical college, thatโ€™s what sets us apart. The College provides real world skills which are such an important part of what we teach our students.โ€

โ€œThese students are going to be set apart from others when they go to apply for an apprenticeship or further employment.โ€

Ausco Modular was established in Edinburgh North in 1961 and celebrates its 50th year of operations in South Australia this year.

100 apprenticeship sign-ups & 100% SACE completion

We are celebrating at St Patrick’s Technical College! Another year of 100+ apprenticeship sign-ups and 100% SACE completion in 2021.

Congratulations to all our students on their outstanding efforts and to our Class of 2021 who have demonstrated a dedication to learning and a commitment to achieving success.


2021 YEAR 10 & 11 AWARDS

As we come to the end of the school year, we would like to acknowledge the achievements, successes, and the commitment of all our students. We celebrated our Year 12 students at the annual Graduation & Awards Dinner, and now we would like to share with you the 2021 Award Winners from our Year 10 & Year 11 cohorts. Congratulations to the following students:
Winner of Best Practical โ€“ Decklan Coppen
Winner of Best Research โ€“ Rebecca Hlinak
Winner of Overall Combined โ€“ Kyle Nelson
Bailey Robinson
Cayleb Hoffman
Liam Kearns
Kane Materne
Ethan Woods
Jy Dittmar
Riley Scott
Liam Duffield
Harry Kowal
Kobie Harrington
John How
Jy Dittmar
Liam Kearns
Oscar Dade
Kyla Dellar
Jy Dittmar
Luke Walker
Joshua Candido
John How
Liam Kearns
Olivia Wallace
Sebastian Caruso
Megan McAloney
Megan McAloney
Isaac Poole – Construction
Justyn Williams – Construction
Liam Samwell – Plumbing
Baily McIntyre โ€“ Food & Hospitality
Brenton Logan – Automotive
Liam Duffield – Electrotechnology
Rebecca Hlinak โ€“ Metals & Engineering
Riley Scott โ€“ Information Technology
Nathan Benson – Construction
Heath Growden – Construction
Samson Arabatzis – Plumbing
Sebastian Caruso – Automotive
Corey Fontanelli – Electrotechnology
Kyle Nelson – Metals & Engineering