Walking a mile for Hutt Street Centre

Collectively walking 206 miles, raising $3,979 and exceeding all expectations, St Patrick’s Technical College students and staff covered the grounds in orange for the Walk a Mile in My Boots Challenge to raise funds for Hutt Street Centre.

In a challenge to help end homelessness, students and staff took to the turf last Thursday to raise much needed funds for and awareness of people living on our streets in South Australia.

A BIG thank you to our students, staff, families, and industry sponsors for the generous donations and in helping us surpass our goal! Our thank you also extends to State Crane Trucks and Nik and Sally from E&S Garden Fresh Produce for assisting us in making this event such a success. We are so proud knowing that we have ALL made a difference.

The Year 12 Plumbing and Metals & Engineering students were behind the idea of participating in the challenge as an external task for their Health component in the Community Studies course. The chosen activity required community engagement and a focus on creating awareness of people in need.

Hutt Street Centre’s annual Walk A Mile in My Boots event, organised during National Homelessness Week in August, was altered due to restrictions in place for COVID-19 with individual events taking place this year instead of a large group gathering.

Eight weeks of planning to hold an event at the College came to fruition on Thursday 3 September with the help from the Year 11 Student Advisory Panel and members of staff setting up the walking course, food and drink stalls, and mile card tallying.

Collectively walking 206 miles has seen the College achieve their fundraising target… and so much more. What was a fun-filled event provided an opportunity to strengthen relationships, increase awareness of homelessness, but most importantly achieve a goal in helping to improve the lives of others.

Industry mentoring encouraging STEM careers

We are excited to have mentoring in the classroom resume for our Information Technology (IT) students, receiving one-on-one guidance from P-TECH Australia partners Saab Australia.

As part of the P-TECH Australia (Pathways in Technology) program, mentoring with key industry partners provides an education-industry collaboration and industry-supported pathways for students to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

With mentoring grinding to a halt earlier in the year due to COVID-19, our Year 11 and 12 IT students were unable to receive direct industry guidance for their Subs in Schools Technology Challenge.

Thankfully, the tides have changed this school term and Saab Australia engineers, Daniel Pace and Jared Bouchier, have been mentoring fortnightly in the classroom to assist students 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.

The Subs in Schools Technology Challenge was created specifically to develop employability skills in students and to encourage them in Defence Industries careers. The challenge is complex and involves the use of industry-standard technologies, a focus on team building, and collaboration with industry.

Premier Steven Marshall special guest at technical college

On Wednesday 26 August, Premier of South Australia Steven Marshall attended St Patrick’s Technical College to discuss the current and future tourism and economic initiatives with our students.
Tourism and Event Management students as well as the Student Advisory Panel were privileged to hear first-hand from the Premier on the importance of tourism to the South Australian economy and were able to share their experiences on school life, their chosen trade pathways and recent work experience.
After a Q&A, Premier Steven Marshall received a personalised tour by the students and a box full of tasty delights made by our very own Food & Hospitality students. Showcasing our unique purpose-built trade facilities at #StPatsTech, the students were very proud and did an amazing job as hosts.
Special guests also included Assistant Director of Catholic Education South Australia Bruno Vieceli and College Board Chairperson Pat Bosco.
Earlier in the year the Tourism and Event Management students and coordinator of the event Marija Babic invited Premier Marshall to the College to share context on the current impacts on the Australian tourism industry and provide insight into various initiatives and projects to achieve economic development outcomes. The Year 12 students are undertaking a tourism component in their Communities Studies subject.

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Bright sparks welding towards a future career

Year 11 Metals & Engineering students have been advancing in their MIG welding skills by undertaking workshops led by Century Engineering, a specialist engineering company in Edinburgh North. Andrew Sinclair, Andrew Solomon and our very own school-based apprentice Christopher Skelton, employed by Century Engineering, have been instrumental in progressing students’ skills and competence in welding.

Students were set the task of fillet welding, a process of joining two pieces of metal together when they are perpendicular or at an angle. The aim is to have all students confident in their welding and to the Australian Standard 1554. Once welds are complete, the pieces will be sent to Intertek for inspection, product testing and finally certification.

The workshops form part of the P-TECH (Pathways in Technology) program at the College, allowing for collaboration and partnership with industry to help support education and training in industry pathways and strengthen students’ employability prospects.

Working in collaboration with industry is integral to developing students’ skills and knowledge and these workshops have also provided an opportunity for some friendly competition. Awards for Best Welder, Best Theory and Best All-rounder will be announced, and students presented with prizes thanks to Century Engineering.

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 enrolments@stpatstech.sa.edu.au 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.