2016 classes are well underway.

This year our class groups have expanded dramatically, our main areas of growth are in Electrotechnology as we now deliver content to four classes of students across year 11 and 12, and Automotive with three classes. The Saint Yon IBL program now hosts 23 School Based Apprentices- 10 Mechanics, 8 builders, 3 Chefs and 2 Electricians.

TAFE Block week a great success!

Students involved in our four trade areas have taken part in timetabled classes as a part of block week this week.  It allows the staff and students not only to meet the time requirements of the course, but to have the opportunity to undertake project work over a number of days.  Below is a picture of our year 11 construction students taking part on a sub floor and framing activity.



Our Plasma Cutter in action

New Head of Trade Training

Saint Yon Welcomes Mr Justin Graham to the position of Head of Trade Training from Term 2 2014. Mr Graham comes from the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta where he held the position of Leader of Learning Vocational Education. Mr Graham has a passion for all things technical and is very excited to become a part of Saint Yon.

All at Saint Yon wish the founding head of Trade Training Mr Andrew Sip all the best as he moves over to Good Samaritan Catholic College Hinchinbrook to start a new Trade Training Centre on behalf of the Catholic Education Office Diocese Sydney.  Thanks for everything you have done- Saint Yon is a credit to you.


WINNER !!!! at WorldSkills Regional Competition

Fig:1.1   Sam Russo (Judge ) & winner Anthony Ters(Yr. 12 Automotive IBL student)

First in Automotive WorldSkills Regional Competition

All at saint Yon are proud to announce that Anthony Ters, a Year  12 Industry Based Learning student for Automotive, came first in the Automotive WorldSkills Australia’snational program of Regional Competition against  a competitive field of 15 of the top students from around the state.  Anthony has a School Based Apprenticeship where he goes to work at Heartland Motors at Chullora 2-days per week and studies for his HSC on the other 3-days a week.  Saint Yon Trade Training Centre had four year 12 students competing in Automotive and Carpentry at the World Skills competition; Antony Ters, Cameron Ruhnau, Julian D’Amico and Anthony Mokdassi.

The competition was on Friday 8th November  at Granville TAFE College and boys and girls competing were give six  1.5 hour  challenge tests that ranged from Diagnosing an Auto Electrical problem to testing a Hydraulics system in a very hot 39 degree Auto Workshop. Anthony managed to stay focused and completed his tests with ease.


About WorldSkills Australia’s national program

The WorldSkills Australia’s National Program of Regional Competition is a highly regarded national competition. Medalists from this year’s Regional Competitions may be eligible to compete at the Perth WSA National Competition in September 2014, to test their skills against Australia’s best trainees and apprentices over three exciting days of competition.  Regional Competitions provide young people, working in a trade or skill, with the opportunity to showcase their passion and talent in over 50 categories from traditional trades such as carpentry and hairdressing through to the more contemporary professions of mechatronics and web design.

Third in Carpentry WorldSkills Regional Competition

Anthony Mokdassi competed on Wednesday 13 November at Ingleburn TAFE College against a field of 10 of the top Vet students in Carpentry and came Third in the competition which was a mighty effort for his first exposure to this high level of completion.  Anthony’s TAFE teacher has said that Anthony has shown a great aptitude in Carpentry and also performed well in his industry work placement this year receiving accolades from his employer.

We wish Anthony Ters all the best for the Perth national WorldSkills in 2014.


Fig:1.2  Anthony Mokdassi, Yr 12 VET student ,Third in Carpentry