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Parents & Friends Re-Launch

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In line with the college's strategic plan for 2015 to 2017 the Parents & Friends committee is looking to re-invigorate itself. Some of the core roles of the P&F Committee are:

  • to gather together groups to assist in student events.
  • to be a forum where parents can air their views, concerns and ideas with other parents and the college leadership.
  • to raise funds to provide special material support for college developments.
  • to offer practical assistance to students ans/or staff who excel in sporting, artistic, academic or community activities at district, regional, state, national and international level.

Mount Laura Homestead Visit

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Last Wednesday the children in 1/2 Helmer and 1/2 Smith visited the
Mount Laura Homestead. We saw lots of olden days things like a train,
a telephone, a typewriter, a machine to make electricity and a TV. We
went there to learn more about the olden days. Four of us said we would
like to live in the olden days because it would be interesting. The rest of
us are happy to be living in Whyalla today.
The authors in 1/2 Helmers

 Mount Laura Homestead Visit.pdf

Parent Information Evenings for Year 7 and 8 in 2017

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Samaritan College invites enquiries regarding new enrolments from all Whyalla primary schools or transitioning Samaritan students.

Tuesday, June 14, 7:30pm  Thursday, June 16, 7:30pm  Wednesday, June 22, 7:30pm

Bookings can be made at the Principal's Tours or by phoning Karen on 8645 8568.

Secondary Campus Open Night

Come and have a casual look around the school! Enrolment information available. Free sausage sizzle and drinks available for purchase.

Thursday, June 9


Police Visit


During health R/1 Leech and R/1 De Tullio are focusing on identifying actions and people that promote health, safety and wellbeing. We are also investigating protective behaviours and other actions that help keep children safe. On Wednesday, we had two special visitors from the police force come in to help us learn how to be safe and police officers keep us safe and help in our community.

I loved seeing Aunty when the police came to visit. I learnt Police Officers use their equipment when people make bad choices. Police Officers are helpful when there is a problem.        Cooper A

I like it when they showed us the equipment on their belt. I learnt that Police Officers use dogs and ride horses and they taught us to always be safe. Police officers are nice and helpful.     Molly M

Samaritan College App


Our college now has its own Skoolbag iPhone and Android App to help us communicate more effectively with our parent community. To install it, just search for our school name ‘Samaritan College’ in either the Apple App Store or
Google Play Store. For Windows users search for 'Skoolbag' in the Windows Store and install the app and then find your school. Please note it must be a Windows 8.1 or 10 device. Additional information such as push notifications etc. is shown below and will be available on the website.


Open Girls Football


On Friday May 13, 21 students from Years 10 to 12 travelled to Port Augusta to compete in an Open Girls Football carnival. Due to some last minute withdrawals
they only played one game against Port Augusta Secondary School. The team played with determination, skill, exceptional team work and great sportsmanship
which saw them defeat PASS with a final score of 31 points to 13 points. This victory will see the girls through to the next round of the State Knockout Competition with details to be finalised depending on the results of other regions. Great work ladies.


Patron's Day

Patrons’ Day for the secondary campus is on Friday 20th May.  This is the day that Saint John’s Campus celebrates our college Patrons through prayer, social justice, action and fun.

 Patrons Day 2016.pdf

Yr 9 Saltmarsh Field Trip

This term, Year 9 students will be undertaking a program that seeks to draw together their studies across Science, Mathematics, English, HASS, Religious Education and Visual Arts.  The project aims to give students the opportunity to develop their skills in these areas within a practical and applied context.  Faculty leaders in these subject areas have been working closely to ensure that our Year 9 students take part in a learning experience that addresses essential components of the Australian Curriculum, including Cross Curricula Priorities and a range of General Capabilities, and enables them to connect with our Whyalla Community in a personally valuable way.  We have been working in partnership with the Whyalla Friends of the Mangroves group leader and UniSA representative Sandra Walsh, and Kate Brocklehurst and Greg Kerr from the DEWNR in order to design a program which not only offers our students a valuable experience, but also contributes important research for the local environment here in Whyalla.

 Salt Marsh Letter.pdf

Anzac Day - 2016


As ANZAC Day fell in the recent school holidays we now take this opportunity as a college community to pray for the fallen and for a future of peace. We commemorate this special event so we remember the sacrifices of the past in the hope we do not forget them and endure the same sacrifices in the future. ‘Lest we forget’. The primary campuses gathered today to celebrate those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their fellow human beings, in all wars and especially at Gallipoli. Saint John’s Campus will do the same on Monday, May 9. Interest in ANZAC Day has been renewed in our youngest Australians as they endeavour to understand the greatest giving of oneself. This is certainly the case at Samaritan College with the reverence of students at these assemblies and their participation in the Whyalla ANZAC Day march. Thank you to those students who represented the college with such pride on this special day. The secondary campus will gather next Monday to commemorate ANZAC Day.

SRC Sausage Sizzle Fundraiser


On the last Thursday of Term 1, the SRC students with the assistance of Dale Raymond, Jenna Edwards and Rudell Helmers held a Sausage Sizzle to raise money for Project Compassion. Thank you to our families for supporting this event and to the numerous parent helpers who gave up their time to assist in the cooking and serving on the day. It was great to see our school community working in partnership to assist those in need.

Crows Visit- 2016


At the end of last term we were fortunate to have the Adelaide Crows community team visit and present the “Growing with Gratitude “program. With strong links to the Australian Health and Physical Education curriculum, this program aims to improve the mental health, thoughts and habits of children by promoting kindness, mindfulness, and happiness. The program focuses on the “5 habits of happiness” which are: • An Attitude of Gratitude • Random Acts of kindness • Positive Reflection • Being a Wellbeing Warrior • Operation Home service The children thoroughly enjoyed the presentation, enthusiastically participating and encouraging all participants. 

Year 5/6 Free Class

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The class has been learning about Easter and Lent.

We have completed a Religious Education assignment on 5 different events to do with Lent and Easter. I enjoyed learning about Good Friday.
Charli Boundy
We worked on our Religious Education assignment and I have learned much more about Lent and Easter.
Georgia Leahy
I thought this was fun because I liked researching and learning about the events that I chose.
Harry Matters


Top 10 students of the class of 2015

The Samaritan College community congratulates all Year 12 students on their achievements in 2015. The hard work of our young people, their commitment and shared learning relationships with each other, their teachers and support of family, have all contributed to their personal successes. We congratulate Molly McCarroll, 2015 Dux, for an impressive ATAR of 95.6, a reflection of determination and rigorous study. Molly is hoping to head off to the University of Adelaide to study Occupational Therapy in 2016.

For more information click on the link below.

 Samaritan 2015.pdf


Term 1 and Term 4 (September to April) are currently designated as ‘must wear your hat if you are outside’ zones. We would like to clarify, however, that hats should also be worn at other times of the year (Terms 2 and 3) when the UV Index Level reaches 3 or above. Skin can burn in as little as 15 minutes of exposure to the sun so it is important to be protected at all times.Hats are available for purchase through the Uniform Shop or at campus front offices. Make sure your child’s hat is labeled and we discourage the sharing of hats between students. Let us make sun safety a priority this summer!

Year 12 Art Show

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On Monday November 2 Stage 2 Visual Art students Maddie Goldsworthy, Haylee Friedrich and Crystal Whittaker presented their practical work to the moderator from the SACE Board. Friends and family were invited to view their pieces in the afternoon and the unanimous reaction was one of admiration and pride. Well done to these students and their teacher Ms Jodie Hopkins for their hard work and determination to succeed!

Year 12 Research Project Results – Excellent News!

Congratulations to all of the Year 12s who undertook the compulsory Research Project in Semester 1. The SACE Board released the results on Monday and we are proud to announced that all of the students passed and that 13 of them received results in the A band. For many of our students their Research Project grade has provided great impetus for their ATARs. I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the RP teachers – Tony Hall, Kirby Symons, Natalie Maddern and Emmett Cashel – who readily gave up free lessons and holidays to run additional support sessions for students. It is also necessary to acknowledge the efforts of Kim Ryan and Courtney Taylor who, as Research Practices teachers last year, helped to prepare the cohort for their 2015 successes.

Tanya Gibson Director of Teaching and Learning

Primary Band Program - Mid Year Concert

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On June 25, primary band students from OLHCC and STC participated in the annual Mid-Year Concert. For many, this was their first public performance. The Advanzanto Band (Advanced) and Principiante Band (Beginner) had been preparing since the beginning of the year for the event, rehearsing at school and practising at home. The Principiante Band opened the concert. They performed a range of pieces from their tutor books, including Rolling Along, Go Tell Aunt Rhodie and Au Clair De La Lune. They demonstrated their technical development and progression of learning their instruments, as well as their growing knowledge of music theory. A new feature was added to the program this year. Advanzanto Band members Sequoia Munday (flute), Cailin (flute) and Esther Makoni (alto saxophone) performed pop song Clarity to a backing track. The Advanzanto Band concluded the night. Their repertoire included William Tell, We Will Rock You and the student’s favourite, Stadium Rock. Megan Spirat, conductor of the Advanzanto Band, and Samuel Yamamoto, Conductor of the Principiante Band, would like to congratulate all of the band members on a wonderful performance and thank them for their professional conduct over the course of the evening. They would also like to thank all family, friends and teachers who have supported the Primary Band program throughout the year.

Sam Yamamoto Music Teacher

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