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Next generation shipbuilders

The first shipbuilding apprentices to join the Hunter Class Frigate Program have been named and welcomed to South Australia’s Osborne Naval Shipyard.

Congratulations to four St Patrick’s Technical College Year 11 Metals & Engineering students – Adrian Saliba, John Rice, Riley Read and Sabrina Agostinelli (pictured with Principal of St Patrick’s Technical College Mr Danny Deptula) – having been selected and now employed by BAE Systems Australia’s shipbuilding business, ASC Shipbuilding, as the first intake of students into the apprenticeship program.

Eighteen students from 10 South Australian schools are the first of many hundreds of young people embarking on employment and training opportunities in steelwork, mechanical, electrical and technical trades central to developing a skilled workforce to support Australia’s naval shipbuilding journey in the decades to come.


Year 10 in 2021

The College is now accepting Applications for Enrolment for Year 10 commencing in 2021 and beyond. Limited places are available.

St Patrick’s Technical College is a driven leader of Vocational Education and Training (VET). Through regular discussions with industry around the need to strengthen the depth of preparedness of students pursuing VET options, it has been identified that by adding Year 10 to the College an opportunity would be created to further promote pride and excellence in trade and vocational skills training for young people in South Australia.

St Patrick’s Technical College understands Year 10 is a crucial year in the life of a secondary student. Introducing Year 10 to the College will establish a new level of educational excellence, producing higher quality and trained pre-vocational students who are ready for the world of work and further tertiary education.

Year 10 at St Patrick’s Technical College will provide young people with the chance to engage in learning opportunities relevant to their needs, enabling them to increase their chances of successfully completing the SACE, gaining an apprenticeship and realising improved social and life outcomes.

Click here to commence the enrolment process by filling out an Enrolment Enquiry Form. Our College Registrar, Carol Lee, will then be in contact with you.

For all enrolment enquiries, please feel free to contact Carol on 8209 3700 or email to discuss Year 10 in 2021 and beyond.

Nothing too heavy, nothing too high

It’s National Careers Week, 18-24 May 2020, and what better way to celebrate careers and career development, and to spread the word that ‘a career is more than just a job’, by shining the spotlight on Old Scholar Kiara Ellis – a young lady taking everything in her stride.

Nothing too heavy, nothing too high for Kiara (Class of 2018), who visited the College to share her story.

As the only female student studying Automotive in her year level, Kiara was bound to be a standout, and at 17 years of age, Kiara landed herself a Heavy Diesel Mechanic apprenticeship working at Olympic Dam mine. The specialised nature of the job provided Kiara with exceptional experience on diagnostics, maintenance and repair of the different types of diesel engines used on site.

With a change in direction in March this year, Kiara has secured an apprenticeship in Civil Construction through registered training organisation Civil Contractors Federation SA. Hosted by BMD, a national group of companies engaged in engineering design, construction and land development, Kiara is learning the ropes in a new field, requiring new skills and knowledge, and in an area of work now officially recognised as a trade in the state of South Australia.

National Careers Week 2020 is an opportunity for Australians to consider the benefits of vocational education and training (VET) to launch or future proof their careers.

Unveiling of St Patrick’s Wall

The feast day of St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, is observed across the world on the 17th day of March each year. This year the occasion has been particularly special for St Patrick’s Technical College with their patron saint honoured with the unveiling of a St Patrick’s wall.

Father Pat Woods, from Elizabeth Catholic Parish, led a small liturgy at the Edinburgh North college and closed the ceremony with a blessing of the wall.

St Patrick’s story is surrounded by many myths and legends, but a common message is that St Patrick was a person of great compassion and amazing courage. His strength and courage for others are characteristics that can be called upon by students and staff to recognise in themselves.

With the preceding imagery around the College of St Patrick largely portrayed in traditional style, teacher and college Chaplain Mr John Neate recognised the importance of having St Patrick characterised in various styles and contemporary depictions to engage students.

“With almost thirty different images of St Patrick on our new wall, the hope is that as students pass the central corridor each day, they will be drawn to a particular image which may then help them better connect to St Patrick,” John said.

The idea for the wall materialised from College staff who began exploring ways to make St Patrick more accessible and relatable to students. An extensive internet search led to the discovery of a whole range of artistic impressions of the saint. From this came the idea to gather all the images in one place and St Patrick’s wall was born.

“The images are diverse in size and nature and some much more contemporary representations,” John said.

“Some show Patrick towards the end of his life, while others show him as the young teenager who first travelled to Ireland.

“One image has Patrick as a young person complete with a hairstyle that could belong to anyone of the College’s current students.

“Another striking image portrays Patrick with no face and invites the onlooker to finish the picture.”

Each image with a unique artistic impression and a diverse representation in both size and nature brings with it pertinency, deliberation and inherent meaning for all at St Patrick’s Technical College.

Celebrating our 1000th milestone

St Patrick’s Technical College has reached a milestone of 1000 apprenticeship and traineeship sign-ups in South Australia and has celebrated this remarkable milestone in style.

With a special event held at the College on Thursday 12 March, it was an honour to have The Hon. David Pisoni MP, Minister for Innovation and Skills, as guest speaker and acknowledge the College’s valued trade training and support of young people for skilled careers.

Principal of St Patrick’s Technical College, Mr Danny Deptula, was presented with a certificate of acknowledgement for achieving 1000 apprenticeship sign-ups.

“The success of the College has been achieved thanks to the big dreams and the great amount of ideas contributed by passionate and committed people,’ Mr Deptula said.

“In being who we are, our thanks also extend way beyond the walls of our College. Thanks to the Catholic Education Office, other educators, all levels of government, our industry partners and industry networks, other educational providers, businesses, employers – all visionaries in supporting our College and all crucial to its success.

“We thank them all, including families, staff and students, in celebrating with us.”

Many dignitaries, including various members of the South Australian Parliament, as well as special guests were in attendance who have been very important to the story of the College’s journey.

Mr Deptula acknowledged the success of the College came down to the courageous families and their children.

“Those families and young adults who have made the bold decision to enrol their child into the College and have ultimately helped to try and break the stereotype of what successful learning should look like,” he said.

“The success of our College has also been achieved thanks to the big dreams and the great amount of ideas contributed by passionate and committed people.”

Three Year 12 Metals & Engineering students, Charlotte Simmons, Jordan Ranasinghe and Christopher Skelton, share the title of 1000th Apprentice and commenced their trade in welding with employer Century Engineering.

The sign-up is a unique undertaking for St Patrick’s Technical College and Century Engineering, an Australian owned business providing a range of end-to-end engineering solutions and services in Edinburgh North, with three students signed at once with the same employer.

As part of their school-based apprenticeships, the students will study Year 12 with the College, working towards gaining their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE), at the same time studying a Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication.

Mr Deptula says the 1000th sign-up for the College demonstrates the importance of vocational education in secondary schooling.

“To be able to jointly develop the skills and capabilities required for current and future workplaces has been crucial to the successful outcomes for apprentices and trainees from St Patrick’s Technical College,” Mr Deptula said.

“Hands-on learning and flexible study options provide our students with training and work-ready skills while preparing them for jobs now and of the future.”

St Patrick’s Technical College has been built on the foundation to train and skill young people in the north of Adelaide with the objective of providing a quality education and training framework, ultimately leading to skilled jobs and meaningful careers. Since its inception in 2007, the College has skilled and trained Year 11 & 12 students with work-ready skills and provided a young work force eager to start their careers.

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Deep diving into the challenge

The Information Technology (IT) students at St Patrick’s Technical College already have their feet wet in the Subs in Schools Technology Challenge™.

As part of their Cross-Disciplinary Studies subject, the Year 11 & 12 students have been enthusiastic in designing their builds of a Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle (ROV). These vehicles will ultimately be operated by students in order to complete a variety of underwater tasks.

Students build an ROV using a variety of materials they have recommended in their designs. Teams are also responsible for creating relevant accompanying portfolios documenting sponsorship details, designs, journals, marketing, and overall project management.

The IT students are fortunate to be mentored by Saab Australia engineers, Daniel Pace and Jared Bouchier. These two remarkable challenge representatives have stepped into the classroom to assist the students each fortnight 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.

Competition isn’t until August, but there is plenty of work to be done in the lead-up. Our students are being championed with incredible industry support and engagement.

Students raise funds for Vinnies

An important call was answered by St Patrick’s Technical College to help raise crucial funds for local compassionate society Vinnies Elizabeth. Year 12 Automotive students washed, cleaned and polished cars for students and staff, with money raised going directly to Vinnies to assist people and families in immediate need.

#StPatsTech offers support to Vinnies through various fundraisers and cook ups held throughout the year. Our commitment to Vinnies helps support some of the most vulnerable people in our community while at the same time empowering our students through advocacy and action.

Well done students for your eagerness to help raise much needed funds. 

#Vinnies #Catholic Education South Australia #faithinaction

1000 reasons to celebrate

1000 reasons to celebrate at St Patrick’s Technical College with the official sign-up of three school-based apprentices with employer Century Engineering Pty Ltd in Edinburgh North.

Year 12 students Jordan Ranasinghe, Charlotte Simmons and Christopher Skelton share the title of 1000th Apprentice, a remarkable milestone for the College.

Facilitated by local apprenticeship support network MEGT Australia, the sign-up is also a unique undertaking for Century Engineering, taking on three apprentices at once in the trade of welding.

The apprentices will undertake a Certificate III in Engineering – Fabrication while studying Year 12 with the College and working towards gaining their South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE).

SPTC_1000 Apprenticeships Sign up_2Front L-R: #StPatsTech Apprenticeship & Traineeship Manager Alicea Sherin, Jordan Ranasinghe, MEGT Australia Field Consultant Alicia Sykes, and Century Engineering Operations Manager Camillo Luciano.

Back L-R: Century Engineering Business Development Manager for Mining & Resources Andrew Sinclair, Charlotte Simmons, Christopher Skelton, and #StPatsTech Principal Danny Deptula.

Visiting PMB Defence

A recent visit to PMB Defence (PMB) in Osborne electrified the curiosities of our Year 11 Electrotechnology students.

The visit was integral to their Battery Management System project, part of the Systems and Control Products Course with teacher Mr Michael Gauci, and mentored by PMB engineer Peter Branson.

A leading supplier of high-quality energy and specialised engineering solutions for submarine platforms, the company’s state-of-the art production, research and development and engineering facilities, situated at the heart of the Techport ship-building facility, provided students with invaluable insight into the Australian submarine and wider defence domains. Students gained a deeper understanding of engineering capabilities in mechanical and electrical/electronic design, test and evaluation and observed aspects of the battery making process.

Year 11 Electro_PMB Defence Visit_8 Nov

St Patrick’s Technical College STEM Faculty Manager, Mr Bradley Sheridan, said PMB Defence’s ongoing mentoring and support of the College’s P-TECH Australia program provides students with a clearer understanding of industry and skilled opportunities.

“We greatly appreciate PMB Defence’s contribution to our P-TECH Australia program, which directly connects industry and students through special projects and mentoring,” Mr Sheridan said.

“To have Peter Branson, an engineer of the Collins-class Submarine batteries mentoring our students and sharing his knowledge is invaluable.’’

As part of the program, students continue to experience real hands-on learning and guidance from industry professionals who make a difference and an impression on our students.

Site visits expand on students’ understanding of their chosen career pathway. The PMB visit provided our Electrotechnology students with an authentic experience and insight into the breadth of the electrical or electronics fields.

Thank you to Peter Branson, Allison Lang and all PMB staff who welcomed and inspired our students on the day.

Mr Bradley Sheridan | Head of P-TECH

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