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Class of 2021 Graduation & Awards Dinner

The celebration of our Year 12 students was revered on Friday 12 November among family, friends, industry partners, and sponsors at the Class of 2021 Graduation & Awards Dinner, held at Sfera’s Park Suites & Convention Centre.

It was a night of glitz and glamour with the annual event recognising and celebrating our graduating students, their achievements, and successes.

Students were presented their graduating certificates, and Major Awards presented by our sponsors, for outstanding achievements of individual students and apprentices, as part of the College’s Awards Program.

The St Patrick’s Technical College Awards Program is valued over $10,000 and we thank our Award Sponsors for their generosity and support of this wonderful event and of our students.

Thank you to our 2021 Awards Sponsors:











Major Awards

ADF LONG TAN AWARD was presented by the Australian Government in conjunction with the Australian Defence Force. Since 2006, a student in every High School in Australia has been presented with this award. The award is to recognise and encourage senior students to actively participate in the life of their schools and wider communities. 

Caitlyn Watson was the recipient of this year’s award for leadership and teamwork and was presented by the College’s Chairperson of the Board, Pat Bosco.

The Long Tan Award encourages the development of behaviours and attributes considered critical in Australia’s leaders of tomorrow. The award recognises demonstrated leadership and teamwork, display of strong values, such as doing one’s best, respect for others and “mateship” – values considered integral to both the ADF and Australian society. 

ADF FUTURE INNOVATORS AWARD was presented to Information Technology student Jaxon Wallace. The Australian Defence Force (ADF) Future Innovators Award was introduced to recognise Australian students’ science, mathematics, engineering and technology abilities and encourage the continued development of these skills.

THE COLLEGE SPIRIT AWARD recognises a student of the College who has been generous in serving the needs of others and who has always acted as a role model for other students. Caitlyn Watson was the recipient of this award and was presented by Wendy Burford from Totally Workwear Salisbury.

THE PRINCIPAL’S AWARD – STUDENT OF THE YEAR is presented to the student who the Principal, after consultation with other staff, considers to be the College’s most outstanding campus–based student. It recognises a student who has demonstrated outstanding academic and trade training performance as well as an unwavering commitment to achieving their goals and their SACE. Most importantly they exemplify the values of the College. 

The 2020 Principal’s Award for the Student of the Year was Austin Kember and was presented by Belinda Kent from Mas Experience.

The major award of the night, THE MAX DAVIDS AWARD – APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR, is awarded each year in memory of Max Davids who passed away in 2013. This award is named in recognition of the significant contribution made by Max in the founding and development of the College. In important ways Max is regarded as the ‘Godfather’ of our school. 

For the first time, The Max Davids Award was presented to two St Patrick’s Technical College students.

Congratulations to Riley Read, the first recipient of the 2021 award, and thank you to Award Sponsor MEGT Australia for your generous support. The award was presented by Rose Caon.

Congratulations to Samuel Ivanoff, the second recipient of the 2021 award, and thank you to Award Sponsor North East Vocational College for your generous support. The award was presented by Adam Wiles.

The evening concluded with a look back over the graduates’ journey at St Patrick’s Technical College in a photographic retrospective and finally with graduates departing the event for the commencement of their next chapter of their story.

Award Recipients
Construction Student of the Year – Samuel Gourlay
Construction Apprentice of the Year – Oliver Warley
Plumbing Student of the Year – Jonah Ownsworth
Plumbing Apprentice of the Year – Dylan Grech
Food & Hospitality Student of the Year – Matthew Knudson
Hair & Beauty Student of the Year – Acasia Campion
Automotive Student of the Year – Austin Kember
Automotive Apprentice of the Year – Dylan Jones
Electrotechnology Student of the Year – Lachlan Hale
Electrotechnology Apprentice of the Year – Jaxon Wallace
Information Technology Student of the Year – James Mashford
Metals & Engineering Student of the Year – Kaleb McKenzie
Metals & Engineering Apprentice of the Year – Riley Read

A helping hand for local Vinnies

Our Construction students have come to the aid of the Fred’s Van food service, putting in to practice one of the core values of the College – Service. Due to a surge in demand for food relief and people experiencing food insecurity, the dining space available at Fred’s Van in Elizabeth was no longer sufficient and required some upgrades and care.
Our Year 12 students hopped on the tools making repairs to the area (originally constructed by past students of the College), extended it further through the addition of extra tables, and added some much-needed lighting. A little gardening here and there, and voilà!
Fred’s Van provides warm, nutritious meals for people in our community experiencing homelessness or finding things a little tough. The College has been closely associated with Vinnies and the Fred’s Van food service for many years, providing general maintenance, cooked meals, and a student-led weekly BBQ outside the Elizabeth Vinnies Shop.

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>