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Class of 2019 Graduation & Awards Dinner

Over 350 family, friends, staff and industry supporters celebrated the achievements of our Year 12 students at the St Patrick’s Technical College Class of 2019 Graduation & Awards Dinner on Friday 15 November, Adelaide Convention Centre.

As well as presenting graduating students with their Certificates of Completion, 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 2019 Awards Sponsors:

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Major Awards

THE 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. 

Jackson Billingsley is the recipient of this year’s award for leadership and teamwork and was presented by Board Chairperson Mrs Tricia Hicks.

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 teamworkdisplay of strong values, such as doing one’s best, respect for others and “mateship” – values considered integral to both the ADF and Australian society. 

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. 

Jackson Billingsley is the recipient of this year’s award and was presented by Elizabeth Adamson from Rotary Club of Elizabeth.

Jackson powerfully exemplifies all the qualities associated with this award. He is a mature, kind and respectful person, with a happy go lucky personality. During his two years at St Patrick’s Technical College, Jackson has actively involved himself in the life of the College. Jackson was recently recognised as a student who lives out values of College as a recipient of the 2019 Mary Mackillop Award. He has a genuine concern for others shown through his participation in the 2018 Cambodia Pilgrimage. This year he issued a fundraising challenge to raise money for Cancer research and shaved off his much-loved long hair to raise awareness and funds for a worthy cause.  

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 campusbased 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. 

This year’s Principal’s Award for the Student of the Year is Emily Rees 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 Cameron Anderson as the award recipient, presented by Troy Aitken from Apprentice Employment Network SA.

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 – Deakin Summers-Hime
Construction Apprentice of the Year – Cameron Mader
Plumbing Student of the Year – Nathan Hearing
Plumbing Apprentice of the Year – Lucas Skirving
Food & Hospitality Student of the Year – Connor Robertson
Food & Hospitality Apprentice of the Year – Karmin Poulish
Hair & Beauty Student of the Year – Emily Rees
Automotive Student of the Year – Cameron North
Automotive Apprentice of the Year – Cameron Anderson
Electrotechnology Student of the Year – Jack McPhee
Electrotechnology Apprentice of the Year – Jordan McDonald
Information Technology Student of the Year – Jarred Blanchette
Metals & Engineering Student of the Year – Joshua Savage
Metals & Engineering Apprentice of the Year – Tayla Carll

Bakers Assoc of Australia Showcase Day

Baking industry finding ways to attract young people to industry

Engaging future employees starts before they apply for a job, and thanks to the Baking Association of Australia (BAA), our Year 11 Food & Hospitality students had a taste of what it’s like working within this industry at a recent Showcase Day.

St Patrick’s Technical College was privileged to be selected as one of two schools to hold this unique event with the aim of providing students with insight into the industry and to bring awareness of the abundance of apprenticeship opportunities currently available.

One of the key elements to educating potential new students on industry career potential is the opportunity for them to put their learning into practice and that’s exactly what our students experienced with professionals at the top of their game.

Conor McNaught, 2017 Baking Apprentice of the Year in the prestigious LA Judge Award and one of BAA’s Queensland mentors, impressed students and staff with his industry knowledge and passion for the industry. While experiencing expert instruction and learning new technical skills, students participated in hands-on learning to create some mouth-watering pastries.

To sweeten things up, Amy Sajinovic, Head Chocolatier at the Barossa Valley Chocolate Company, showcased her impeccable talents by demonstrating the fine art of chocolate making and the science behind the art. Amy tantalised the tastebuds of our students who couldn’t wait to try their hand at the craft and the just delights.

With a passion for innovation and creativity, the Melbournian was hand-picked by the Barossa company this year to head their team and has been instrumental in the use of state-of-the-art specialist machinery not seen anywhere else in the Australia. This area of the industry sweetened the interests of our students who look forward to visiting Amy at her workplace to learn so much more.

Baker Bear’s Bakery was instrumental in the day by providing students with an understanding of how to gain the skills and knowledge needed for a successful career in the baking industry. Baker Aidan Cox taught students the basic techniques in dough making and theory and a tactile experience of cutting, weighing and making a three-strand plait.

And to top it off, the art of cupcake decorating was instructed by Hannah McDonald, 2018 Champion Young Baker at the Australian Bake Skills Championships. Learning the fine techniques in handling, Hannah made it look so easy piping and decorating these delights in which our students did a fine job not only creating but devouring.

Australia’s Baking industry is looking at different ways to recruit new students and future talent to address the current skill shortage in the industry. The showcase itself provided our students with food for thought and has posed the industry as a viable career option and a pathway into management, food science or artisan-style baking.

Mary MacKillop Award 2019 Recipients

Faith-filled students honoured

Catholic Education senior school students across the state were recognised through the presentation of the annual Mary MacKillop Awards of Excellence at a special Mass held at St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral in Adelaide, on Saturday 26 October 2019.

We are delighted that Jackson Billingsley and Deakin Summers-Hime were each awarded as the 2019 recipients for St Patrick’s Technical College for their commitment to actively living out the vision of the College.

Above, Jackson and Deakin are pictured with Fr. Philip Marshall, Administrator Delegate of the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide, and below, with Principal Danny Deptula.

Mary MacKillop Award 2019 Recipients

Year 11 Metals Plumbing Welding Project Awards

A weld of difference

Developing their knowledge and skills in the metal fabrication industry, Year 11 Plumbing and Metals & Engineering students have successfully completed a Welding Project. Devised and overseen by Century Engineering, the project delivers the skills required for students to competently weld to the Australian Standard.

Thank you to Andrew Sinclair from Century Engineering for presenting awards to our outstanding students in this project. Congratulations to Jordan Ranasinghe awarded Best Theory, to Charlotte Simmons for Best Practical, and to Christopher Skelton Best Overall. All winners received a Cigweld welding helmet from Century Engineering.

Information Technology teacher Mr Brad Sheridan said many teachers, trainers and mentors were involved in the project, overseeing and assisting students learning new skills.

“The major component of this project was to complete a fillet weld with a theory component completed in the students’ Cross-Disciplinary Studies class,” Mr Sheridan said.

“John Knop from Century Engineering was vital to this project in teaching our students the practical skills in achieving correct weld size and shape. Thank you to Andrew Sinclair for overseeing the whole project and continuing to support our students in learning and welding safety in this industry.”

As part of the project, students attended several site visits, including to Century Engineering, to Intertek to have their welds tested, and to GPA to look at the design and insurance process.

St Patrick’s Technical College collaborates with Defence contractor Century Engineering as part of the Northern Adelaide P-TECH Australia learning program. Century Engineering is a leading manufacturing company with key capabilities in manufacturing, general engineering services, water/water reuse solutions and new machining capabilities.

Through the program the College is partnered with defence industry, working in partnership with several businesses to bridge the gap between school and the workforce. The overarching aim is to build the capabilities and technical skills young people need to succeed in school, further education and work.

Engaging in several projects throughout the year, the program challenges students’ skills they would require for their chosen industry and provides high school students with the foundation skills they will need to be part of the Defence industry in Adelaide.

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Old Scholar wins Trainee of the Year

St Patrick’s Technical College is celebrating a win for Old Scholar Sarah Mills crowned Trainee of the Year at the 2019 SA Training Awards.

Class of 2018 Hair & Beauty graduate, Sarah completed her Certificate III in Beauty Services with TAFE SA and now works full-time at Brazilian Beauty North Adelaide with her focus on making people feel confident in their own skin.

Sarah sees her work as a steppingstone to her goal of becoming a dermatologist. She would like to help people cope with skin conditions and come up with solutions that aren’t too complex or harsh on patients’ skin.

Held on Friday 6 September at the Adelaide Convention Centre, the night celebrated and recognised quality, excellence and innovation in training. Hosted by the Training and Skills Commission, the annual Awards are the State’s peak awards for Vocational Education and Training (VET).

Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni congratulated the six winners in the Individual Awards.

“I have no doubt that many of these young people will be owning their own businesses and hiring apprentices and trainees of their own in the years to come.”

Sarah will now represent South Australia on the national stage at the Australian Training Awards hosted in Brisbane on Thursday 21 November.

St Patrick’s Technical College was a finalist at this year’s awards in the VET Innovation for Schools Award category. Year 12 Metals and Engineering student Tayla Carll was also a finalist for the School-based Apprentice of the Year Award. Tayla is currently studying a Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication Trade while an apprentice at Stratco.

Nearly 1000 St Patrick’s Technical College students have commenced apprenticeships/traineeships in South Australia.

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A VEX Robotics win for StPatsTech

VEX Robotics Comp_Tournament 1The VEX Robotics Teams have taken out first and second places in Tournament 1 of the VEX Robotics Competition held at Pedare Christian College, Golden Grove.

Competing in the Year 9-12 VEX VRC competition, the Year 11 & 12 Information Technology (IT) students are ahead of the game and have qualified for the National Tournament to be held in Adelaide in December.

Nine teams fought it out in the ring in the world’s largest and fastest-growing middle school and high school global robotics program. VEX Competitions bring STEM skills to life by tasking teams of students with designing and building a robot to play against other teams in a game-based engineering challenge.

Under the great mentorship of IT teacher Brad Sheridan, the wins by the College’s two teams – Paddy’s Cafe and Team 2 – was even more significant for the College proving how spectacular the IT students and staff are by winning two years in a row!

BAE Systems Australia Visit

Discovering a world of opportunities at BAE Systems Australia

Students in Year 11 Electro-Technology and Year 11 and 12 Information Technology visited BAE Systems Australia, Edinburgh Park, to expand on their understanding of defence solutions and advanced technologies and to discover the opportunities available through skilled training.

BAE Systems is Australia’s most versatile defence and security company working closely with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and security customers by delivering innovative solutions.

Students were extremely excited to commence their visit with the opportunity to see various areas of the manufacturing facility. After an initial introduction, students moved into three groups visiting areas related to electronic systems, advanced manufacturing, IT and cybersecurity and the JORN project, which relates to the students’ own Remote Target Detection project developed by BAE Systems.

Employees in each of the areas were very informative and we appreciate the time they took to explain their role within the company expressed with great warmth and insight.

The tour concluded with a Q&A.

Students thoroughly enjoyed the tour and felt privileged to have visited BAE Systems. They realise the various possible career pathways available within the company.

Thank you to Lou Pivato and Sharyn Richter for organising the visit. St Patrick’s Technical College is honoured to work in partnership with BAE Systems, together focussing on enhancing educational opportunities and encouraging students to pursue a career in the industry. We look forward to working together in future opportunities.

Bradley Sheridan | Head of P-TECH

PepsiCo Visit

A Chipper of a Day

Electro-Technology students spent a day touring the PepsiCo snack food manufacturing facility in Regency Park. They were given access to areas not usually seen by the public including the production lines, packing facilities and logistics.

Highly visible was PepsiCo’s innovative workforce consisting of people working alongside automated solutions and intelligent appliances. The students were amazed with the level of automation including the autonomous forklifts and computer-controlled robotic packing arms. PepsiCo innovation lies not in altering the product but in altering the production and processes around the product.

Fascinated by the computerisation and inquisitive about the end products, students were encouraged to investigate by taste-testing hot unseasoned chips straight off the production line.

It was an amazing experience and opened a whole new world of industry to our students.

“It was fun… the hot chicken Twisties were great.”

“The self-drive forklifts were cool.”

“The conveyor belts which identified everything and the robot arms with the suction on the bottom was great.”

PepsiCo Australia & New Zealand encompasses three business units: The Smith’s Snackfood Company, PepsiCo Beverages and Bluebird Foods, with iconic brands such as Smiths Chips, Red Rock Deli, Twisties, Sakata Rice Crackers, Pepsi Max and Gatorade.

2019 College Leaders Commissioning

New Leaders Commissioned

Our 2019 College leaders were formally acknowledged today during a special Liturgy. Following their recent appointments, Captains Ethan Saul and Scott Larsen, and Vice-Captains Corey Lloyd and Charlotte Simmons were commissioned in their roles among family and peers.

College Chaplain, Mr John Neate, led the service through prayer and invited the newly appointed leaders to come forward and be blessed while granting them wisdom, courage and honour to serve.

Delivering an account on the qualities of good leadership, Principal Danny Deptula spoke of the importance of attitude and good skills. Honesty and integrity, commitment and passion, a good communicator and listener, taking accountability, decision-making, and vision were among the key traits defined in the success of leadership.

“A lot of people think that a leader needs to be seen all the time to be doing good things,’ Mr Deptula said.

“What I’m saying to you is, to me, what’s more important is what you do when people are not looking.”

The leaders were presented with badges; a symbol of their leadership and to remind the College community of the special role these students will maintain.

Mr Neate finished the memorable service with a final blessing of the badges.

Heavenly Father bless the badges that the student Leaders will wear as a sign of their leadership which has been entrusted to them. Let the students who wear these badges be leaders who generously serve others.”

Targeting outcomes with BAE Systems

IT and Electro-Technology students have spent the last few weeks looking at the design requirements behind a Remote Target Detection system.

The project, based on the Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN), was developed by BAE Systems, a partner in our P-TECH program. It fosters students’ technical STEM skills by developing their mathematical, electronic and IT capabilities.

Some of the key features of the systems and control project include calculating distance using the time it takes for a sound wave to return from a target, considering the angle of reflection from the ionosphere and the curvature of the Earth. The build of the project required 3D modelling, 3D printing of parts, the assembly of parts, programming in Python and integration with a Raspberry Pi computer system.

Representatives from the multinational defence, security, and aerospace company were impressed with what the students have already achieved during a recent workshop at the College. Lou Pivato and John Kiejko mentored students and provided them with valuable guidance and instruction on how to achieve their targeted outcomes.

This project highlights how central and effective P-TECH programs are in offering mentor support for students and enabling access to the latest technologies used in industry. Working in partnership with industry skills young people and strengthens their prospects for employment.

The Year 11 and 12 students now look forward to a tour of BAE Systems to see first-hand what they are renowned for.