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 gofundme.com.

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 gofundme.com. Let’s all get behind Holly and show our support for her remarkable and brave commitment to taking a leap for charity! Donate today> https://gofund.me/7ac9af3b

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.

THE FINAL SCORE:
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.

Happy Shrove Tuesday!

Happy Shrove Tuesday! More commonly known as Pancake Day, today our St Patrick’s Technical College staff practiced their culinary skills and we were very impressed.

Satisfying a sweet tooth, students and staff enjoyed scrumptious flapjacks for a gold coin donation. All money raised goes to Project Compassion, Caritas Australia’s annual Lenten fundraising and awareness raising appeal showing faith love and generosity this Lent.

Shrove Tuesday is the traditional feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday. Pancakes were once popular items for Christians to give up during Lent as they were the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the 40-day Lenten fast.

Cricket win in Knockout Round 1

In what was a blockbuster match played today, the St Patrick’s Technical College Open Boys Cricket team paved the way to victory against Modbury High School in Round 1 of the state-wide knockout cricket tournament. The boys played exceptionally well and proved to be the dominant force.

THE FINAL SCORE:
Modbury High School – All out for 141 runs
St Patrick’s Technical College – 1 out for 150 runs

Having won the first round, St Patrick’s Technical College will now progress through to Round 2 of the tournament. Congratulations!

Great results for Subs in Schools comp

The Subs in Schools competition concluded the 2020 school year with some great results for St Patrick’s Technical College. Competing in both state and national competitions at St Peter’s College, our Information Technology (IT) students submerged, manoeuvred, and completed tasks with their Remote Operated Vehicles, coming away with a few top gongs! Congratulations to the Special Response Team, winning the Innovation Award, Best Sea Trial and placing 3rd overall. Special mention to Orca Inc. team placing 4th overall.

Due to COVID and several restrictions, students competing in state comps were automatically entered into the national competition. Overall, the Special Response Team finished 9th and Orca Inc. in 12th position.

Congratulations to the #StPatsTech teams on your outstanding performance and thank you to Saab Australia engineering mentors, Daniel Pace and Jared Bouchier, for your ongoing support through the P-Tech Australia (Pathways in Technology) program

As part of the P-TECH 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). The Saab Australia engineers assist our 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.

 

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.