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As we head into the July school holidays today, St Patrick’s Technical College is celebrating the hard work of five Year 12 students who have completed all their subjects and work for the year.

The students are school-based apprentices and trainees have knuckled down this year to complete all their subjects required for their SACE certificate. Their work will now be submitted to the SACE Board for moderation.


  • Julian Fragnito who works at Zeeas Café and is studying a Certificate III in Hospitality with RTO CEG.
  • Sarah Mills, who works at Brazilian Beauty North Adelaide and is studying a Certificate III in Beauty.
  • Chelsea Doman-Hicks who works at the Kingsford Hotel and is studying a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery with RTO TAFE SA.
  • Courtney Bailie who works at the Midway Tavern and is studying a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery with RTO TAFE SA.
  • Leith Cappelluti, who works Shannon Welding and from next term will be studying a Certificate III In Engineering.

StPatsTech College Principal Danny Deptula said that Julian, Sarah, Chelsea, Courtney and Leith had impressed staff with their dedication to complete their SACE subjects. He said armed with their Year 12 certificates, apprentices and trainees can expect better rates of pay than those who do not complete senior secondary education.

He said those students no longer had to attend the College and he looked forward to celebrating their graduation with them in November.

“These students can now spend more time with their employer, which will help them grow their skills, and I congratulate them on their effort to complete Year 12 mid-way through the year,’’ Mr Deptula said.

He said StPatsTech’s innovative approach to education meant students were able to have flexible, work-friendly time schedules that enabled them to get the most out of work and education. The College is a School-based Apprenticeship/Traineeship specialist with nearly 870 students signed to work since 2007.

More than 50 StPatsTech students have commenced an apprenticeship or traineeship since the start of the 2018 school year.

2018 SbATs learn some healthy recipes with a cooking lesson.

Food for good health, good deed

St Patrick’s Technical College this week welcomed back our students who are out on school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SbATs).

As part of our innovative, work-focussed program, SbATs spend just six weeks during Year 12 at the College completing their compulsory SACE subjects and the rest of their time is spent with their employer or attending trade school.

During the SbAT weeks, the College’s full-time campus-based students head out to local businesses on work experience.

This week was the third block for the year and saw the Year 12 Health subject students improve their culinary skills. The students cooked a range of meals, using healthy recipes, for Fred’s Van Elizabeth, which is run from Vinnies Elizabeth.

Teacher Nicola Swiderski said it was important for the young men and women to be able to prepare healthy, home-cooked meals for themselves. She said the students also learnt more about the work at Fred’s Van and the high demand in the Elizabeth community for the service.

Hamish Todd, Conor Gray, Tyler Carroll attend the Eddie Woo talk at Golden Grove High School on Monday, June 25 2018

Learning to love Maths!

Maths can be fun. That was the message St Patrick’s Technical College students heard on Monday from Australian of the Year – Local Hero Eddie Woo.

Mr Woo, who is a maths teacher from Sydney, has come to national attention with his WooTube channel which provides high-energy, easy-to-follow lessons for students as well as offering resources for teachers.

StPatsTech students from the College’s Year 11 Electrotechnology and Information Technology classes attended a special schools presentation by Mr Woo at Golden Grove High School thanks to funding from the Advanced Technology Project.

STEM teacher Bradley Sheridan said Mr Woo shared with students some of his background as migrant from Malaysia and why he had chosen a career as a maths teacher.

“He spoke about some of the key people in history in mathematics as well as trying to break some of the common stereotypes of mathematicians that some may have,” Mr Sheridan said.

Throughout his presentation, Eddie would pause and test the audience with a brain teaser or a mathematics problem. He finished with some questions and answers at the end.

“One of Eddie’s major points was that mathematics is about ‘play, teamwork’ and that is a ‘story’. The students really enjoyed Eddie’s presentation and felt a deeper appreciation for mathematics and where it is used in our world,’’ Mr Sheridan said.

Mr Sheridan thanked Year 11 Coordinator Nicola Swiderski for her help on the day.

Pictured: Hamish, Conor and Tyler with Eddie Woo.

Ben Steady Power 2

Ben puts his best foot forward … and nabs a job!

Finding good employees can be a challenge for employers but one St Patrick’s Technical College teacher has prime seats to the best up-and-coming tradesmen and women.

Linda Burton, who is the College’s Electrotechnology teacher, recently signed Year 11 student Benjamin Bruecher as a School-based Apprentice to her electrical contracting business Steady Power.

Ms Burton is a qualified electrician and runs Steady Power with her husband Lee.

She said she took on Ben because he presented so well in class.

“He is always on time, listens to instructions, take information on board and makes good decisions.  All of his work is completed early. He is proactive and had paperwork back to me for the work trial within 10 minutes of being asked.  Feedback from work experience described him as an excellent potential employee and that he would be hired if they had a position available,’’ Ms Burton said.

“Ben has shown himself to have huge potential and I employed him now as to not lose him.’’

Ben said he had learnt a valuable lesson in always putting your best foot forward.

“I did not know Ms Burton ran her own business or was looking to employ an apprentice when I started in her class. It’s interesting as you do not really expect your teacher to be the person who hires you but I’m glad I stayed focussed and my hard work paid off.’’

Ben said he moved to StPatsTech at the start of the year in the hope of securing an electrical apprenticeship during his senior secondary years.

He will continue at the College as a School-based Apprentice, meaning he will study for his SACE while also undertaking his Certificate III in Electrotechnology.

Ms Burton said Steady Power is a small, family-owned electrical company which prides itself on customer service and attention to detail.

She said when selecting an apprentice, she looks for someone who is clean, tidy, well presented, personable, happy to come to work and keen to learn.

“I look for intelligence and potential because we can teach amazing apprentices if they want to learn and are capable in the trade,’’ she said.

Congratulations Ben. He is the 865th StPatsTech student to commence an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Herbertia Barber-Watts and Jack Felton learning to cook sausage rolls as part of their Health studies.

Making healthy choices

Year 12 students expanded their cooking repertoire, hitting St Patrick’s Technical College’s commercial kitchen to make sausage rolls.

As part of their Health students, the students made two types of sausage rolls – chicken and vegetable and traditional. Teacher Nicola Swiderski said the goal of the cooking day was to provide the students, who hope to become apprentices soon, with some different healthy lunch choices.

“These young people will rely on taking packed lunches to work, especially if they are working away on job sites,’’ Ms Swiderski said.

“So as part of our commitment to encouraging healthy lifestyles and preparing young people for the world of work, we wanted to share with them some healthy and affordable lunch options they can make themselves.’’

Ms Swiderski said while the humble sandwich was still a firm favourite in Aussie lunch boxes, she hoped the cooking class would expand the diet of the students.

Student Herbertia Barber-Watts said she had enjoyed the cooking class and would be making the sausage rolls again.

Pictured are Engineering students Herbertia and Jack during their cooking class.

HIA ISMAA Ry Gardner, Principal Danny Deptula, HIA ISMAA Bron Adams and Clive Broughton

Catholic Education Week celebrated in industrial style

St Patrick’s Technical College marked the final day of Catholic Education Week 2018 with an industry barbecue lunch.

The Housing Industry Association (HIA) Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices (ISMAA) Industry BBQ was hosted at the College to bring local business, industry groups and training organisations together. Visitors were treated to a BBQ lunch of salads prepared by the College’s Year 11 Commercial Cooking students, of Barossa Fine Food sausages.

The College’s specialist trade trainers took guests on tours of the $15 million purpose-built campus during the event.


Principal Danny Deptula said the event was a success with a number of businesses and industry groups able to see the College up close for the first time.

“One of our core strengths as a College is our connection with industry and businesses,’’ Mr Deptula said.

“To be able to put on a barbecue lunch for those companies which have supported us by employing our students, and to show them why we are able to produce so many wonderful trade and technical workers was a real privilege today.’’

Principal Danny Deptula and Member for King Paula Leuthen

Mr Deptula thanked HIA and ISMAA for sponsoring the event.

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Celebrating jobs @stpatstech

We do not measure our success by ATAR scores. Our measure of success is apprenticeship/traineeship numbers.

Apprenticeships and traineeships not only give you new skills and qualifications, but can lead to unexpected and exciting career pathways in the future.

As of May 2018, nearly 850 St Patrick’s Technical College students have commenced an apprenticeship or traineeship across a diverse range of trades. Through our eight courses on offer, students have gone onto careers as:

  • Agricultural Mechanical TechnologySbATWall PG 2018 - 311
  • Airconditioning and Refrigertion
  • Auto Electrical
  • Automotive Body Repair Technology
  • Automotive Electrical Technology
  • Automotive Heavy Commercial Trailer Technology
  • Automotive Heavy Commercial Vehicle
  • Automotive Mechanical (Light Vehicle)
  • Automotive Mechanical Technology
  • Automotive Refinishing Technology
  • Automotive Sales
  • Automotive Vehicle Body
  • Bricklaying / Blocklaying
  • Business
  • Cabinet Making
  • CarpentrySbATWall PG 2018 - 368
  • Civil Construction (Plant Operations)
  • Commercial Cookery
  • Commercial Mechanical Technology
  • Concreting
  • Data and Voice Communications
  • Electrotechnology – Data and Voice Comms
  • Electrotechnology – Electronics & Communications
  • Electrotechnology Communications
  • Electrotechnology Computer Systems
  • Electrotechnology Electrician
  • Electrotechnology Systems Electrician
  • Engineering – Fabrication Trade
  • Engineering – Mechanical Trade
  • Engineering Technical
  • ESI – Distribution
  • Floor Covering and FinishingSbATWall PG 2018 - 373
  • Flooring Technology
  • Food Processing (Retail Baking – Combined)
  • Furniture Making (Cabinet Making)
  • Hairdressing
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality
  • Hospitality (Commercial Cookery)
  • Hospitality (Kitchen Operations)
  • Light Vehicle Mechanical Technology
  • Manufactured Mineral Products
  • Mobile Plant Technology
  • Outdoor Power Equipment Technology
  • Plastering
  • Plumbing
  • Retail
  • Retail Baking (Bread)
  • Roof PlumbingSbATWall PG 2018 - 378
  • Roof Tiling
  • Spare Parts Interpreting
  • Tiling
  • Transport and Logistics (Road Transport)
  • Wall and Ceiling Lining

Click on our Enrolment section for more information or book a tour via this link today!

Sam Smith, Head Chef, FINO with new School-based Apprentice chef 
Kurtis Joyce.

School-based Apprenticeships continue to soar

St Patrick’s Technical College this morning saw its 848th apprentice commence work.

Kurtis Joyce has been studying his SACE and Certificate II in Commercial Cooking with the College since 2017 and was today signed by FINO Seppeltsfield to a School-based apprenticeship. He follows in the footsteps of Class of 2017’s Madison ter Bogt and Class of 2013’s Sarah Voigt at the prestigious Barossa Valley venue. Ms ter Bogt was named as a Finalist in the 2017 South Australia Training Awards for her work at FINO.

St Patrick’s Technical College Principal Danny Deptula said the College has seen nearly 25 students commence their apprenticeship since January this year. In the decade since the College opened its doors 848 students have commenced apprenticeships or traineeships, with 94 per cent going on to complete their training.

“As Northern Adelaide’s leading trade and technical senior secondary educator, St Patrick’s Technical College has been at the coalface of youth employment since 2007,” Mr Deptula said.

“Kurtis joins hundreds of St Patrick’s Technical College Old Scholars to begin their career with a local business and we know through our own research that 98 per cent of those past students remain employed,” Mr Deptula said.

“Even better, 87 per cent of past students remain in the great North of Adelaide and nearly 60 per cent are employed in the area.”

Mr Deptula said the emerging Defence industries centred around RAAF Base Edinburgh and maritime manufacturing as well as recent announcements of business investment in the north, opportunities for the area’s young people were plentiful.

Kurtis’s school work and timetable will be adjusted to enable him to spend as much time learning from the chefs at FINO Seppeltsfield as possible. As a School-based Apprentice, Kurtis will complete his SACE and graduate Year 12 – an important step if he wishes to go onto further education later in life.

Also beginning their School-based Apprenticeships recently are:

James Watson with Golden Grove Interiors (Cert III Carpentry)
Cristian Neve with Xtreme Concrete Constuction (Cert III Concreting)
Cain Gerrits with Gerrits Plastering (Cert III Plastering)
Bill Hannam with RS Burbidge (Cert III Plumbing)
Leith Cappelluti  with MTA-GTS (Cert III Automotive)
Santiago Bribiesca-Diaz with Mayfair Hotel (Cert III Hospitality)
Isaac Trembath with Stairlock (Cert III Carpentry)
Jayden Tingey with Truckelec (Cert III Auto Electrical)
Chelsea Doman-Hicks with Hotel Kingsford Pty Ltd (Cert III Commercial Cooking)
Noah Neilson with A Class Kitchens (Cert III Cabinet Making)
Brock Mead with Booth Transport Tanunda Inc (Cert III Engineering)

St Patrick’s Technical College strongly urges our community to support those businesses which support local jobs.

New teacher Tom Bruce operating the HD TV and One Note systems to improve learning and teaching in the classroom.

Tech in the class room

St Patrick’s Technical College students are learning in a more effective, collaborate way thanks to technology in the classroom.

This year staff have integrated the use of smart TVs, Microsoft Surface Pro tablets and Microsoft OneNote into one powerful educational tool.

Using the OneNote programs, students have access to their own personal digital workbooks where they can make notes, annotations and save work accessible by their teachers at any time of the day. Teachers are also able to provide curriculum, resources, notes and assignments which students can access anywhere and anytime through the program.

One of the College’s newest and youngest teachers, Tom Bruce said the technology provided real-time updates between teachers and students, which improved work flow.

“It’s very important for students to be exposed to new technologies especially for those hoping to go straight from school into the workforce,’’ Mr Bruce said.

New teacher Tom Bruce operating the HD TV and One Note systems to improve learning and teaching in the classroom.

New teacher Tom Bruce operating the HD TV and One Note systems to improve learning and teaching in the classroom.

“The biggest advantage of technology in the classroom is it makes the students more efficient and the teacher can be very responsive in supporting them and providing guidance and feedback.’’

Mr Bruce said the three technologies combined meant he was not simply at the front of a classroom presenting information on a whiteboard. The entire class was linked through the program and he can move around physically and digitally to individual students. Teachers can also bring up information and resources on the classroom’s interactive LED screen in one tap.

St Patrick’s Technical College is undertaking a technology refresh to ensure its students and staff have access to current technologies and improving their learning outcomes.