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Blair Boyer MP visit

It was a pleasure to host Blair Boyer MP on a recent visit to St Patrick’s Technical College. The Member for Wright saw first-hand our remarkable trade facilities while engaging with our students. Mr Boyer, Shadow Minister for Education, Training & Skills, and Veterans’ Affairs toured the facilities with Year 12 students and College Leaders, Caitlyn Watson and James Chant, as hosts and accompanied by Principal Danny Deptula.

“The conversations I had with students at St Pats really told me everything I needed to know about the School; they were overwhelmingly positive not only about the quality of the teaching but also the flexible nature of the curriculum that allows them to gain work experience and make sure they were ready for the workplace whilst simultaneously completing their SACE. “

It was an honour to showcase our unique College, boast about our student achievements, and discuss the importance of VET and skilling our young people.

BAE Systems shipbuilding trainees take the next step

Congratulations to our four BAE Systems ASC Shipbuilding trainees who have now completed their initial traineeship as part of the Shipbuilding Readiness Training Program. The Year 12 Metals & Engineering students celebrated the successful completion of their Certificate II in Engineering at an award ceremony held at SA’s Osborne Naval Shipyard and with the unveiling of a Wall of Fame.

The St Patrick’s Technical College students now move on to the next stage in their shipbuilding careers, having officially signed contracts for a school-based apprenticeship and continue their learning through a Certificate III in Engineering with TAFE SA.

We also congratulate Year 11 students Rebecca Hlinak and Brodie Tyler for their success in being selected in the second intake of the shipbuilding training program. These remarkable students form part of the workforce of the Morrison Government’s Hunter Class Frigate Program and gain a head start on their career while completing their schooling.

100 apprenticeship sign-ups & 100% SACE completion

In what has been a record-breaking year for the college, St Patrick’s Technical College has reached another remarkable milestone in 2020 with 100 student apprenticeship sign-ups.

2020 commenced with the celebration of 1000 apprenticeship commencements since the college opened its doors in 2007.

The college’s triumphs have skyrocketed by the year’s end, having crushed the existing sign-up record with apprenticeships signed and secured across various trade industries.

In a year like no other, the college has attained outstanding results in delivering a talent pool of young people with the skills and work-readiness to commence their trade careers.

“After celebrating our 1000th apprenticeship commencement at the start of the year, we have achieved the remarkable milestone of 100 student apprenticeship commencements in one year. This shatters the previous record of 90 commencements way back in 2010,” says Danny Deptula Principal of St Patrick’s Technical College.

“In a year like no other, the college has achieved outstanding results in producing our ‘Industry Leaders of Tomorrow’, and to cap off the year, the college’s gifted and talented students also achieved, for the second consecutive year, 100% SACE completion.”

Congratulations to all our students on their outstanding efforts and to our Class of 2020 who have demonstrated a dedication to learning and a commitment to achieving success.

Class of 2020 Graduation & Awards Dinner

On Friday 13 November, over 300 family, friends, staff and industry partners celebrated the achievements of our Year 12 students at the St Patrick’s Technical College Class of 2020 Graduation & Awards Dinner, Sfera’s Park Suites & Convention Centre.

As well as presenting students with graduating certificates, individual awards were presented as part of the College’s annual Awards Program.

The St Patrick’s Technical College Awards Program is valued over $10,000 thanks to the generosity and support of our Awards Sponsors. We are most grateful for their continued support and their commitment to our College and students.

Thank you to our 2020 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. 

James McDonald 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 Aiden Hawke. The ADF Future Innovators Award was a new addition in 2020. 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. Raymond Berwick was the recipient of this award and was presented by Rose Caon from MEGT Australia.

Raymond is a kind spirit who has displayed a remarkable level of resilience. Raymond faced the additional challenge of living independently as a Year 12 student, yet he managed to complete his Certificate II in Kitchen Operations and his SACE studies. He can rise to any challenge and remain positive in the face of adversity. He possesses an energy and aura that is inviting, welcoming and honest. Raymond is a good friend to others and has the potential to really excel if he pursues his goals with ferocity and determination.

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 Michael Kayal and was presented by Wendy Burford from Totally Work Wear Salisbury.

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. 

Congratulations to Steven King as the award recipient, presented by Adam Wiles from North East Vocational College (NEVC).

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 – Riley Shaw
Construction Apprentice of the Year – James McDonald
Plumbing Student of the Year – Corbin Schubert
Plumbing Apprentice of the Year – Mason Davis
Food & Hospitality Student of the Year – Jack Tearle
Food & Hospitality Apprentice of the Year – Angela Lebani
Hair & Beauty Student of the Year – Gabriella Candido
Hair & Beauty Apprentice of the Year – Seren Hawley
Automotive Student of the Year – Leighton Fenney
Automotive Apprentice of the Year – Steven King
Electrotechnology Student of the Year – Ashton Hurley
Electrotechnology Apprentice of the Year – Tait Stringer
Information Technology Student of the Year – Michael Kayal
Metals & Engineering Student of the Year – Brandon O’Connell
Metals & Engineering Apprentice of the Year – Christopher Skelton

High Tea showcases Food & Hospitality students

A perfect combination of exquisite savoury and sweet delights.
Staff at St Patrick’s Technical College were privileged to be invited to a High Tea catered by the Year 11 Food & Hospitality students.
Indulging in a range of pastries, freshly baked scones, gourmet sandwiches and delicious sweets, the delights were paired with fine coffee, tea offerings and unsurpassed service.
Thank you to the Food & Hospitality students and Ms Cavuoto for a wonderful morning of elegance and a hint of nostalgia.

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.

Premier Steven Marshall special guest at technical college

On Wednesday 26 August, Premier of South Australia Steven Marshall attended St Patrick’s Technical College to discuss the current and future tourism and economic initiatives with our students.
Tourism and Event Management students as well as the Student Advisory Panel were privileged to hear first-hand from the Premier on the importance of tourism to the South Australian economy and were able to share their experiences on school life, their chosen trade pathways and recent work experience.
After a Q&A, Premier Steven Marshall received a personalised tour by the students and a box full of tasty delights made by our very own Food & Hospitality students. Showcasing our unique purpose-built trade facilities at #StPatsTech, the students were very proud and did an amazing job as hosts.
Special guests also included Assistant Director of Catholic Education South Australia Bruno Vieceli and College Board Chairperson Pat Bosco.
Earlier in the year the Tourism and Event Management students and coordinator of the event Marija Babic invited Premier Marshall to the College to share context on the current impacts on the Australian tourism industry and provide insight into various initiatives and projects to achieve economic development outcomes. The Year 12 students are undertaking a tourism component in their Communities Studies subject.

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Posted by Steven Marshall on Tuesday, 25 August 2020

Bright sparks welding towards a future career

Year 11 Metals & Engineering students have been advancing in their MIG welding skills by undertaking workshops led by Century Engineering, a specialist engineering company in Edinburgh North. Andrew Sinclair, Andrew Solomon and our very own school-based apprentice Christopher Skelton, employed by Century Engineering, have been instrumental in progressing students’ skills and competence in welding.

Students were set the task of fillet welding, a process of joining two pieces of metal together when they are perpendicular or at an angle. The aim is to have all students confident in their welding and to the Australian Standard 1554. Once welds are complete, the pieces will be sent to Intertek for inspection, product testing and finally certification.

The workshops form part of the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology) program at the College, allowing for collaboration and partnership with industry to help support education and training in industry pathways and strengthen students’ employability prospects.

Working in collaboration with industry is integral to developing students’ skills and knowledge and these workshops have also provided an opportunity for some friendly competition. Awards for Best Welder, Best Theory and Best All-rounder will be announced, and students presented with prizes thanks to Century Engineering.

Next generation shipbuilders

The first shipbuilding apprentices to join the Hunter Class Frigate Program have been named and welcomed to South Australia’s Osborne Naval Shipyard.

Congratulations to four St Patrick’s Technical College Year 11 Metals & Engineering students – Adrian Saliba, John Rice, Riley Read and Sabrina Agostinelli (pictured with Principal of St Patrick’s Technical College Mr Danny Deptula) – having been selected and now employed by BAE Systems Australia’s shipbuilding business, ASC Shipbuilding, as the first intake of students into the apprenticeship program.

Eighteen students from 10 South Australian schools are the first of many hundreds of young people embarking on employment and training opportunities in steelwork, mechanical, electrical and technical trades central to developing a skilled workforce to support Australia’s naval shipbuilding journey in the decades to come.