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

Defence industry comes to the classroom

St Patrick’s Technical College P-TECH Australia partner PMB Defence stopped by the school today to help students learn more about lead-acid batteries.

The College’s Year 11 Electrotechnology class have been learning about lead-acid battery cells and how they charge and discharge. The class have been learning the theory aspects of batteries and voltage before heading to the workshop and making their own battery management systems.

StPatsTech STEM coordinator Brad Sheridan said PMB Defence’s mentoring and support gives students a much better understanding of how industry works.

“To have the engineers of the Collins-class Submarine batteries here in our classroom, sharing their knowledge and time with our young Electrotechnology students is invaluable,’’ Mr Sheridan said.

“We greatly appreciate PMB Defence’s contribution to our P-TECH Australia program, which directly connects industry and students through special projects and mentoring. Our students will return the visit soon, with a field trip to PMB Defence’s Osborne facility.’’

Mr Sheridan said establishing strong links directly with industry was a cornerstone of StPatsTech’s successful school-based apprenticeship and traineeship program.

“Today’s young person will use more STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills through their working life than previous generations. So bringing industry into the classroom to demonstrate what skills and knowledge they value can help our students hone in on their career path.’’

StPatsTech also runs P-TECH Australia programs in Engineering and Information Technology.

To find out more visit this link

Pictured: Peter Branson, Project Engineer with PMB Defence, and Year 11 Electrotechnology student Kai, working through lead-acid battery theory.

National VET educators visit StPatsTech

St Patrick’s Technical College has shared its fully immersive approach to vocational education and training with Catholic schools from around the country.

This week Adelaide hosted the National Catholic VET and Vocational Learning gathering which has included conference days and site visits. Delegates heard from StPatsTech staff about the College’s P-TECH Australia program, which was recently named as a finalist in the SA Training Awards Industry Collaboration category.

The presentation was followed by visits to the Rosewater Trade Training Centre and StPatsTech.

Delegates were treated to lunch prepared by the College’s Hospitality and Lifestyle students before undertaking a tour of the $15-million purpose-built trade training facilities.

Jacqui Asser, Senior Education Adviser – Vocational Education, Catholic Education South Australia, said the delegates represented Catholic schools, diocese and training organisations from every state and territory in the country.

“They (delegates) are looking at all the different ways that we can deliver VET to our students in Catholic schools,’’ Ms Asser said. “Being able to show them two different models here in Adelaide has been wonderful.”

StPatsTech Principal Danny Deptula said it was a great honour to have the delegates visit the College to learn more about our programs and outcomes. He said it was also good for StPatsTech to be part of the gathering this week to ensure they are up with best practice in vocational education.

“By coming together and learning what does and does not work in delivering vocational education to the nation’s young people means we are all better educators,’’ he said.

“It is also wonderful to make connections with other educators in the industry and grow our network of supporters.’’

Some delegates will stay on in Adelaide to attend the National VET Conference at the Adelaide Convection Centre this week. StPatsTech will also be sending a number of staff members to take part in the conference.

StPatsTech students work with the best

St Patrick’s Technical College students will have access to some of the best tools on the market thanks to Adelaide Tools and Milwaukee.

Adelaide Tools, which supplies Milwaukee, has long been a support of the College and has helped the College upgrade its Building and Construction workshops tools to the newest Milwaukee machines.

Andy Haronen from Adelaide Tools said by investing in StPatsTech, the companies were investing in the future of the building and construction industry.

“We want to ensure the students have the right tools for the right job and access to the correct specialists for advice. This means they will be better tradesmen and women,’’ Mr Haronen said.

“There’s nothing better than seeing a young apprentice come through using our tools at the College to then go onto run their own business and continue to return to Adelaide Tools for that specialist advice and support.”

Shane Keelan Job Site Solutions officer from Milwaukee Tools said supporting young people at the start of their career was important.

“We have an excellent reputation for safety and instilling safe work practices with the right tools. It’s important those safety habits start early in a tradesperson’s career,’’ Mr Keelan said.

The College has new drills and Milwaukee will sponsor one of the College’s 2018 student awards. The company will also offer training and support for students and staff. Adelaide Tools and Milwaukee will also support students with apprenticeship discounts as well.Milwaukee

College Principal Danny Deptula thanked Adelaide Tools and Milwaukee for helping the College upgrade its tools and for supporting young apprentices.

“It’s very important that our students are using the best professional level tools on the market,’’ Mr Deptula said.

“These students are often out in the workforce during Year 12, so they need to know what tools to use when and how to handle the machines safely. Thank you Adelaide Tools and Milwaukee for supporting young apprentices.’’

Father’s Day 2018

For two St Patrick’s Technical College brothers, working on projects together has seen them maintain a close bond with their father.

Tyson, 18, and Cameron, 16, Anderson said they love to spend time with their dad, Michael, learning new skills and building closer bonds.

Mr Anderson owns Carpet Giants at Salisbury Plains and Tyson said despite his father’s busy schedule, he always spendd quality time with the brothers.

“Dad has taught us so many things. Nearly every time we are with him he is teaching us something new,’’ Tyson, who is a Year 12 Building and Construction student, said.

“Last weekend I learnt to concrete and we are working on pulling apart quad bikes. Cameron is in the automotive program at StPatsTech, so dad is doing this so Cameron knows how to rebuild an engine.’’

Tyson said one of the best things about working on projects together with his father and brother, was they were able to talk through other issues which may be affecting their lives.

“Dad is always asking us if we are okay because he knows how difficult times can be,’’ Tyson said.

St Patrick’s Technical College principal Danny Deptula said it was important for fathers to keep the lines of communication open with their children and connecting through trade skills was a great way to build stronger bonds.

“Father’s Day is a wonderful opportunity for families to come together and appreciate fathers. I would like to wish all the dads in our community a very happy Father’s Day,’’ Mr Deptula said.

College leaders announced

St Patrick’s Technical College today celebrated the commissioning on four new leaders.

Alicia Phay and Cameron Anderson have been elected as College Captains and Danni Lehmann and Ryan Binyon were elected Vice-Captains for 2018/19.

Leaders captains

A special liturgy led by Fr Pat Woods from the Elizabeth Parish was held to celebrate the new leaders and wish them all the best for the coming year.

Principal Danny Deptula thanked 2017/18 leaders Lachlan Osborne, Santiago Bribiesca Diaz and Declan Caldow for their contributions to the College community over the past 12 months.

Mr Deptula said Lachlan and Santiago, in particular, being campus-based students, had stepped up into the role of leader with great grace and confidence.

Leaders vice

He congratulated Alicia (IT student), Cameron (Automotive student), Ryan (Construction student) and Danni (Hair & Beauty student) for their appointments. A large number of students put their hands up to be leaders and the decision was made based on votes from staff and students as well as a formal interview with the College Leadership team.

“I look forward to working with your new leaders who take on the role of raising the profile of the College and representing the student body. We want to work with students to make St Patrick’s Technical College even better,’’ Mr Deptula said.

Following the liturgy and assembly a morning tea was held for the new leaders and their families.



Burnout gets national unearthing

St Patrick’s Technical College is rocking out to the achievement of one of its students.

Year 11 Electrotechnology student Billy Burns is one third of punk rock outfit Burnout which was today named as a finalist in this year’s Triple J Unearthed High.

Billy along with band mates Kyle and Nik formed Burnout about six years ago and are inspired by ‘all great punk rock bands’. Their single, written by Billy, is called Get Out about what to do post-school. Since writing the song, Billy started as an Electrotechnology student at St Patrick’s Technical College with the hope to get a trade behind him while he pursues his dream of being a musician.

The band plays pubs and festivals around Adelaide.Billy Burns (4)2

Billy is lead vocalist and guitarist and has been writing songs since he was 10 years old. He taught himself to play guitar at age nine using a second hand acoustic guitar and YouTube videos.

College Principal Danny Deptula congratulated Burnout on being named finalists in the national competition.

“We hope this gives the band national exposure to help them fulfil their musical dreams. The whole College community is right behind them,’’ Mr Deptula said.

In announcing the finalists, Triple J’s Music Director Nick Findlay said Burnout is ”every single punk band rolled into one”.

Winners will be announced on August 13 and will take home $5000 in prizes including professional support and advice, a recording session and management mentoring.

To listen to Burnout, Get Out follow this link to the Triple J page.

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.

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.