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AMC Trip 2017

The South Australian Maritime School, Le Fevre High School, invited 14 students and 5 staff with an interest in Maritime Engineering to a three-day visit at the Australian Maritime College located in Launceston, Tasmania. Two students from LFHS were successful in their applications to join this trip, Lachlan and James. The purpose of the trip is to expose students to the study opportunities that exist in Maritime career pathways. These skills will become highly valued once we fully embrace the future Naval shipbuilding program.

Day one introduced the students to the highly specialised and sophisticated equipment available to students who study and AMC and reinforce their position as being in the top 10% of research universities in the world. Students were very interested in the practical learning methodology employed that provided a lot of hands on tasks.


5 million dollar UAV that will explore the Antarctic Ice Cap


Engine Room Simulator

Day two focused on maritime and seafaring skills at the aptly named Beauty Point, that even though it was a crisp and clear morning was a sight to behold. There were lots of hands on activities and demonstrations. In the afternoon we headed to the Survival centre to learn the basics of surviving at sea if you should ever capsize. This was a great highlight and the students fully embraced the chance to use equipment and learn some important life skills. It was all fun until they turned off the lights, added lightning and then it turned on the rain which caused mayhem and as our instructor highlighted may have led to our demise if this was not a drill.


Beauty Point


Stephen Brown, floating training facility


A Titanic Moment, Great Selfie!


Happy Travellers


Do the Conga!

Day 3 took us to one of the many world class simulators at the AMC. One of the simulators is a full engine room covering every aspect of maritime engineering, the second simulator is utilised by commercial shipping lines and port operators simulating commercial ships and tug boat operations. The third can be configured to simulate a range of shipping vessels and for our challenge the six rooms were configured as luxury cruise boats. Our challenge was to race into Sydney Harbour, avoiding the other vessels and the challenges set by the staff. First the sky went dark, then it started to rain and lastly the swell rose and we were soon starting to feel a little motion sick. The competition was fierce and some teams resorted to questionable tactics but overall it was a fantastic experience. We finished the final day with a trip to Cataract Gorge taking in the beauty of this natural wonder in the heart of Launceston.



Cruiser Simulator


Cataract Gorge

I would like to thank the students who went on the trip for their enthusiasm and positive approach to embrace the experiences to which they were exposed. Also I would like to thank the staff and their respective schools for assisting with the trip. Finally, it is hard to fully express our thanks and gratitude to the staff who gave up their valuable time to provide an engaging and stimulating experience for the students, to Lee-Anne and her team who organised the trip a big thank you.

Students interested in joining this trip next year should speak to the Maritime Program Leader, Eddie Grzeskowiak, to express their interest.

“The opportunity to visit the Australian Maritime College in Launceston, Tasmania was one of the most memorable experiences I have ever had. The lecturers at AMC create a great atmosphere as they are so enthusiastic about providing unmatchable world-class teaching.” Curtis Year 12 Pedare CC

Maritime Industry Pathway Program

Stage 2 of the four-part certificate course was completed by students at the end of term 2. The students were engaged in maritime engineering skills, maintaining outboard engines and understanding the workings of diesel power. The students enjoyed the mechanical and practical side of this unit which allowed them to get hands on knowledge about how to service and maintain marine engines. Studies then moved to an understanding of the rules of the sea, culminating in using a simulator that provided a practical understanding and application of what they had learnt.



Ship Simulator at AMFA Port Adelaide

We have a large number of students from LFHS participating in the course who are looking forward to the next instalment of their studies at the end of this term. Students who are interested in learning more about career pathways in the Maritime area should consider applying for the course next year. Application forms and information for the 2018 course can be gained from Mr Grzeskowiak or Ms West.

Defence Industry Pathways Program – DIPP11

The quality of work produced by students who undertake this 3D modelling and printing course continues to grow. The course has a strong focus on developing skills that will be essential in South Australia’s role as the Naval shipbuilding capital of Australia. The growth and development of students is one of the key features of this course and enhances a deeper understanding of the role STEM skills play in this and other forms of Engineering.



Le Fevre has always been a strong supporter of this course and has had many successful graduates. This semester (DIPP12) Lachlan was successful in his application after missing out last year, a great achievement given that only 12 students are selected each semester from a large number of applicants. I encourage students who are interested to see me or Mr Herman for an application form.

Eddie Grzeskowiak DIPP teacher

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