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 ’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 Patrick’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 – on top of its current 160-strong workforce – 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.

“We had three to four weeks to recruit between 80 and 100 people and thought, ‘How could we go about that?’,” he said.

“Rather 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.

“It’s general building work, there’s some small electrical and plumbing components. It’s different to conventional building which is done from the outside in – we’re doing it in a factory environment, we’re process flow-driven, we push the building down the production line.”

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 Ausco’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 contracts’ completion at the end of January 2022.

St Patrick’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.

“Employers know they can approach the College and can employ our students who are prepared, have work experience and can be on the tools,” she said.

“As a technical college, that’s what sets us apart. The College provides real world skills which are such an important part of what we teach our students.”

“These students are going to be set apart from others when they go to apply for an apprenticeship or further employment.”

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 – Decklan Coppen
Winner of Best Research – Rebecca Hlinak
Winner of Overall Combined – 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 – Food & Hospitality
Brenton Logan – Automotive
Liam Duffield – Electrotechnology
Rebecca Hlinak – Metals & Engineering
Riley Scott – Information Technology
Nathan Benson – Construction
Heath Growden – Construction
Samson Arabatzis – Plumbing
Sebastian Caruso – Automotive
Corey Fontanelli – Electrotechnology
Kyle Nelson – Metals & Engineering

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.