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 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.