Term 2 Reports released


Student reports for Term 2 have been released today for parents and caregivers, with access via the College’s Parent Access Module (PAM).

To log into PAM follow this link http://pam.stpatstech.sa.edu.au. All families were issued PAM access at the start of the year with Username a four digit number.

Please contact the College: info@stpatstech.sa.edu.au if you need to check your log in information. Families requiring a printed version of the report are asked to contact the College on 8209 3700.


Parent-Caregiver/Student/Teacher Interviews

Bookings are now OPEN for Parent-Caregiver/Student/Teacher interviews held on July 31. Bookings for interview times are also made through PAM by opening this link to Parent Teacher Interviews and click on the relevant subject to make a time with the teacher.

Note: one appointment time per teacher even though the student may have the teacher for multiple subjects. Please contact the College if assistance is required.

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SA Training Awards success for StPatsTech

St Patrick’s Technical College is today celebrating the announcement that two students, a staff member, an Old Scholar and one of the College’s industry programs have been named finalists in the Training and Skills Commission’s South Australian Training Awards.

Two StPatsTech students were listed among just four young people in the School-based Apprentice of the Year category. College Leader Santiago Bribiesca Diaz was named finalist for his work with the Mayfair Hotel, where he is studying a Certificate III in Hospitality. He is joined by Year 11 student Cain Gerrits who is undertaking a Certificate III in Solid Brick Plastering with his family’s business Gerrits Plastering.

Teacher Linda Burton, who is also an electrical contractor running a family business with her husband Lee alongside teaching at the College, was named a finalist in the VET Teacher/Trainer of the Year category.

The College’s unique Northern Adelaide P-TECH Australia program in the Industry Collaboration Award. The StPatsTech P-TECH Australia program is run in collaboration with TAFE SA, the Defence Teaming Centre, Saab Australia, Century Engineering and PMB Defence to bring industry directly into the classroom to address skills needs within the Defence workspace.

Finally, 2014 Old Scholar Jarrod Morton was named finalist in the Apprentice of the Year category. Jarrod works for Ben Thomson Electrical as an apprentice electrician. He secured his apprenticeship through PEER during Year 12 at StPatsTech, completing senior secondary education as a School-based Apprentice. Upon graduating from StPatsTech at the end of 2014, Jarrod’s apprenticeship was converted to a full-time position.

Playford City Mayor Glenn Docherty congratulated the College on its success.

“Having four finalists shows the staff and students of St Patrick’s Technical College are dedicated and committed to trade training, which means the skills and the future for northern Adelaide is enhanced,’’ Mr Docherty said.

He said employers being able to source quality apprentices was not only a benefit to the young person in terms of gaining skills for life, but of huge value to businesses and the economy in northern Adelaide.

StPatsTech Principal Danny Deptula congratulated the four finalists. “We are extremely proud of all our finalists and wish them all the best for the awards in September,’’ Mr Deptula said.

“With two StPatsTech students among the four named as finalists is the School-based Apprentice of the Year category, the College takes that as a sign we are getting it right in terms of producing aspirational young men and women with the talent for a trade or technical career.

“Santiago and Cain could not be any more different in their chosen trade, showing again that one size does not fit all when it comes to education and training. But by meeting the needs of the individual and being able to tailor programs to suit the particular talents and interests of students, StPatTech is hitting a winning formula.’’

Mr Deptula said the College has long held the view that trade training is “not less than university” and could even outweigh universities in terms of personal, professional and financial success for young people.

Mr Deptula said the College was able to maintain its strong link to industry by employing tradesmen and women as trainers/teachers, such as Ms Burton. Mr Deptula said as an electrician herself, Ms Burton was able to provide her students with real-world knowledge. He said her passion for teaching the next generation of electrotechnology workers and ensuring they are taught to industry standards, along with her care for her students, were a great asset to the College.

The College’s finalist berth in the Industry Collaboration Award further demonstrated its close working relationships with industry, Mr Deptula said.

In 2017, the College became one of 14 schools throughout Australia to sign on to the Australian Government’s $5.1 million P-TECH Australia initiative. Together with TAFE SA, the Defence Teaming Centre, Century Engineering, PMB Defence and Century Engineering, StPatsTech has brought industry and students directly together to build the skills of the young people of Adelaide.

The initiative includes three distinct programs in the Engineering, Electrotechnology and Information Technology industries and helps students build practical skills for businesses operating in the Defence industry sector.

The SA Training Awards Presentation Dinner will be held of Friday, September 7 at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.

To vote for one of the StPatsTech finalists in the People’s Choice category go to the SA Training Awards website.

Jerome Cook with Heath Lithgow from Adelaide Crane Maintenance. Jerome was signed up to a School based Apprenticeship. He is studying a Certificate III in Heavy Vehicle Mechanical Technology

Jerome hits the tools

Year 12 Automotive student Jerome Cook was today signed up for his apprenticeship, making him the College’s 867th young person to do so in the past decade.

Jerome will join Adelaide Crane Maintenance as a heavy vehicle mechanic. He was signed to a School-based Apprenticeship, meaning he will complete Year 12 at the end of the year.

Principal Danny Deptula congratulated Jerome on gaining his apprenticeship and thanked Adelaide Crane Maintenance for employing local youth.

Mr Deptula said the College strongly encouraged students to complete high school by signing up to School-based Apprenticeships. He said the College’s innovative and flexible approach to education saw School-based Apprentices at school just six weeks a year in Year 12, and 40 weeks with their employer.

This meant they were able to pick up their on-the-job skills, complemented by trade school and still attain their SACE.

“We know, and statistics show, that if you complete Year 12 you are more likely to remain in employment,’’ Mr Deptula said.

“We also know that as a School-based Apprentice, if you complete high school you will earn more when you go into your second year compared to if you left school early and went into a full-time apprenticeship.’’

He said with the new Liberal State Government committing to nearly 21000 new apprenticeships and traineeships in the next four years combined with StPatsTech students were at the forefront for jobs.

StPatsTech has seen more than 30 students signed to School-based Apprenticeships in the first half of the year, and a further nearly 20 opt for full-time apprenticeships.

Jerome is pictured with his new employer Heath Lithgow from Adelaide Crane Maintenance

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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.


Students to share knowledge in Cambodia

As we head into Easter, St Patrick’s Technical College is preparing to again send a group of students to Cambodia to continue their work in remote villages of Siem Reap.

The students take inspiration from the Pope’s message of Faith In Action – to do more than speak of good deeds, but to put those good intentions into tangible actions which improve the lives of others.

For the last several years the College has sent a group of students and staff to Cambodia in a bid to improve the lives and education of local children. Students have laid water pipelines, created elevated paths so students do not need to wade through floodplains to access school, and upgraded school buildings.

The focus on the trip is for students to use the trade skills they have gained while at the College to improve the lives of children in Cambodia.

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The students also donate books, learning resources, dental hygiene packs and even footballs from Central Districts Football Club to the children in the region.

Leading the 2018 trip is Year 12 Coordinator John Neate. Mr Neate said the pilgrimage for the students gave them a greater understanding of the world and enabled them to see how other people live.

“We want our students to broaden their horizons not just in the workplace but emotionally and spiritually as well,’’ Mr Neate said.

The Elizabeth Club of Rotary has donated money to help buy resources and assist students who otherwise could not afford to take part make the life-changing journey.

The College will start fundraising shortly to enable the group to my resources and building materials during this year’s trip. The trip is schedule for October.


International Women's Day 2018

Women in trade celebrated

One of Australia biggest resources companies has seen a 15 per cent improvement in performance as a result of hiring more women, an International Women’s Day event heard today.

Northern Adelaide’s leading technical and trade high school, St Patrick’s Technical College, hosted employers, government, training groups and industry at a special International Women’s Day assembly this morning.

Speaking at the event, BHP’s Stephen Johnson said the company was working towards the goal of 50/50 gender equality workforce by 2025 because it made good business sense.

Guest speakers for International Women's Day at St Patrick's Technical College.

Guest speakers for International Women’s Day at St Patrick’s Technical College.

Mr Johnson said across the world, BHP’s top ten inclusive sites performed better than those who were not actively recruiting female workers. He said the sites with more women were safer, more productive and more innovative – which had real, positive business outcomes for the company.

“It’s about making inroads, it’s not about preferential treatment,’’ Mr Johnson said.

Also speaking at the event with Mr Johnson were BHP Olympic Dam employees Rebecca Hicks, Planner Work Management, Ross Vickers, Specialist Apprentices, and apprentice Carmen Bivone along with StPatsTech teacher Linda Burton.

Mr Vickers said of the last three apprentice intakes for Olympic Dam mine, 60 per cent of the apprentices were females. StPatsTech College student Laura Oakley began her apprenticeship at Olympic Dam last year.

“The message to the guys out there is you’ve got to step it up because it’s becoming very even,’’ Mr Vickers said.

He said there are employment opportunities as heavy diesel mechanics, electrical, metals and engineering and auto-electricians.

In 2016, BHP saw a global increase of 2.9 per cent of women in its workforce bringing the total number of women in BHP’s worldwide workforce to 20 per cent.

Ms Burton, who is an electrician and runs her own contracting business as well as teaching students at StPatsTech, told the gathering there was a high level of sexism in her industry when she began her apprenticeship.

“Of the 450 apprentices, there was just two girls and I was quite appalled at the time by the attitude of the men there,’’ Ms Burton said.

Linda Burton speaking during the event.

Linda Burton speaking during the event.

“But on the other side to that, there has been some really supportive people. I have always thought, if you can do the job you can earn the respect of other people around you.’’

Ms Burton said she worked harder, studied harder and pushed herself more to prove herself in her industry and that drive to succeed often made women leaders in their industry.

She said equality to her meant the best skilled, most qualified person for the job got the work no matter their sex.

“I want to know I got the job because I deserved it. You can call me a tradesman because I’ve earnt that title. And one more thing I wanted to say, if you don’t know why International Women’s Day is necessary, then it is necessary.’’

Ms Burton said women were still fighting for equal pay and to be taken seriously in workshops across the country.


2018 off on the right foot

St Patrick’s Technical College students have begun 2018 on the right foot, with a handful of students working over the school holidays to secure themselves a School-based Apprenticeship or Traineeship (SbAT) by the time classes started this week.

Three students have signed on for a SbAT during the school holidays and another student will soon begin his trade career.

College Principal Danny Deptula said the students’ commitment to gaining an apprenticeship or traineeship set the tone for the 2018 school year.

“Here at StPatsTech, we strive to help our students develop their own unique gifts and talents and prepare them for the world of work,’’ Mr Deptula said.

“If our students show they have the right attitude and are committed to their chosen trade, they will be afforded amazing opportunities that can set them onto a lifetime of success.

“We are not a traditional school where ATAR scores are given high priority. We focus on employability skills which means developing the person, fostering the right attitude, learning resilience and building confidence.”

One student who has taken the initiative is 17-year-old Cristian Neve. Cristian, from Angle Vale, has begun a Certificate III in Concreting through MEGT with Burton-based Xtreme Concrete Construction

Pictured from left are: Nigel Martini Xtreme Concrete Construction, Cristian Neve, Cristian’s dad Jason Neve (dad), Rachael Jensen from MEGT, Rachael Martini (and son) from Xtreme Concrete Construction and new StPatsTech College Principal Danny Deptula.

Pictured from left are: Nigel Martini Xtreme Concrete Construction, Cristian Neve, Cristian’s dad Jason Neve (dad), Rachael Jensen from MEGT, Rachael Martini (and son) from Xtreme Concrete Construction and new StPatsTech College Principal Danny Deptula.

. He will spend 40 weeks this year with his employer and six weeks at school completing his SACE.

This will mean Cristian will graduate Year 12 in November 2018 with the first year of his traineeship completed and his Year 12 certificate.

“It’s very important to me to get my SACE because in the future you don’t know what will happen and it’s a good thing to have under your belt,’’ Cristian said.

Cristian did work experience with Xtreme Concrete Construction last year as part of the extensive StPatsTech Year 11 work experience program before moving into a part-time labouring role with the company. He signed his traineeship on January 11.

Mr Deptula congratulated Cristian on his traineeship and said Cristian and the College’s other SbATs were on the pathway to success in life.

“For example a student in an apprenticeship at 17 years old can expect to earn about $250,000 in wages by the age of 24. With no HECS debt like their 24-year-old university graduate peers, the tradesperson would be able to afford to buy their first home. By the age of 35, the tradesperson could have paid off their first mortgage and be financially secure into the future,” Mr Deptula said.


The Southern Cross

The Southern Cross newspaper features all the latest news and information on the South Australian Catholic community and is available for sale at parishes for $2, with $1 retained as a fundraiser for parishes. Links to each electronic issue are provided here for the StPatsTech community.


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