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Maritime Industry Pathway Program

Students have successfully completed their first unit towards their Certificate II in Maritime Operations. The unit focused on basic survival skills, firefighting and work health and safety. The students gained confidence in using firefighting equipment to put out simulated situations on board a training ship. The highlight for many was a visit to the North Adelaide swimming pool to simulate sea rescue and survival skills. Below is some feedback from the students

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“The best part of this course was participating in the practicals
and putting out fires also using flares and the life raft drills”
“The practicals are really good and this course
was great, it was all a great experience”

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The Maritime Industry Pathway Program will assist students to fast track their maritime career in either marine engineering or as a deck officer.  The units of competency completed will gain credit towards a Coxswain or Marine Engine Driver 3 qualification.  The course is undertaken during Stage One of SACE and once students satisfactorily complete the course they gain 60 SACE credit points.

Students can begin expressing interest in the course next year by contacting myself or the Australian Maritime and Fisheries Academy.

Eddie Grzeskowiak, Le Fevre High School, Maritime Program Leader.

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Maritime Industry Pathway Students Tackle the High Seas

On Sunday the 5th of May a group of 16 students and 3 staff undertook a sailing voyage on the One and All training ship. After boarding this ship at 6 pm in Port Vincent we had a great dinner to then be told we would be on watch at various times during the night, 10pm to 12, 12 to 2am, 2 to 4am and then 4am to 8. The weather was not too pleasant with a strong breeze and rolling seas. We were told that the winds would strengthen overnight causing us to raise anchor and commence our voyage to Adelaide at 4am. What a shock, from being sound asleep in bed we were rocked and rolled by the movement of the seas. The motion caused most of the students and some of the crew to feel seasick, needless to say there was very little sleep to be had until breakfast at 7.30. Many sought refuge on the aft deck however the crew were adamant that the best way to fight was to get active. From 8 we were kept busy setting sails, checking rigging, coiling ropes and performing safety drills.

By mid-morning the clouds started to clear and the sun broke through to raise our spirits, most had weathered the storm (so to speak) and were feeling up for morning tea. More sails were set as we tacked our way across the gulf. It was amazing how much rope handling was involved, no sooner had you coiled a rope then had to uncoil to adjust the sail. More safety drills were done with a man overboard exercise triggered by a wayward soccer ball from the aft deck by the captain. Happy to report that the ball was saved in record time.

We finally made calm water as we sailed into Outer Harbour. The students donned harnesses and started climbing the rigging to tie the sails. Mr Herman and I managed to climb the rigging however we limited ourselves to the top of the first level, which was still a scary height for old timers.

The resilience of the students was fantastic, even though they had had little sleep and felt seasick for a good part of the morning.  They were in high spirits by the time we sailed up the river (or was this just simply joy that the trip had finally ended).

The students were commended by the Captain and crew for the way they participated in the voyage and their positive outlook. I was proud of how the students represented themselves, their families and above all their school in this adventure. I would also like to thank Thierry Herman and Karen Hemsley who kindly volunteered to assist the students to do this sail. They may have got more than they bargained for but I think they had a good time. The students are now volunteer members of the One and All and have the opportunity to do more sailing adventures.

Eddie Grzeskowiak, Maritime Program Leader.

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One and All Sailing Trip

On Saturday the 17th of September students from the Maritime Industry Pathways VET course begun a sailing trip to Edithburgh on the Yorke Peninsula. The students joined 12 crew on an induction and preparation day before they set sail across Gulf St Vincent to the peninsula. Three Le Fevre students were part of the student group and throughout the journey they were exemplary. For most of the students this was the first time being on the One and All and they were all engaged and active throughout.

The trip was both mentally challenging and physically demanding but the students excelled with flying colours. Some of the highlights throughout the trip were being on the helm (steering the ship), climbing aloft 26metres on the masts during  the rolling ocean to set the sails and of course the playful dolphins that tailed us for most of the journey across the gulf. We look forward to many more trips on the One and All and furthering our relationship with the fantastic staff on the vessel.


Liam Narcys

Maritime Leader



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AMC Launceston Trip

On Wednesday the 29th of June 13 students staff from across the state were selected from applications to travel to Launceston Tasmania to visit the Australian Maritime College (AMC). The opportunity was sponsored by AMC and the Le Fevre High School Maritime Program. The students participated in lectures in Maritime Engineering and Mathematics as well as touring and trying out the outstanding facilities of the college.

During the three days’ students got to spend lots of time with numerous staff members of the college and ask lots of questions regarding the study options at the AMC. However, it wasn’t all just touring and talking, the students experience lots of hands on practical experiences including a morning helming on the college’s 400-ton training vessel the Bluefin, jumping safely from great heights into the AMC’s indoor pool to perform life raft simulated rescues and putting out fires at the firefighting at Bell Bay. These were just some of the great experiences the students had the pleasure in taking part of at the college.

Academic awareness was gained from discussions with experts at the Model Test Basin, Tow Tank and Cavitation Tunnel where students saw the practical aspects of academic studies. Students also experienced the six multimillion dollar simulators where they all participated in a yacht race into the Sydney Harbour.

The students experienced a great 3 days of student life at AMC and UTAS living in the student accommodation and dining in the student cafeteria with full days participating in “student life.” The  range of Maritime Pathways available to students is very diverse and I would like to direct you the website. AMC also has an association with Flinders University in a 2 plus 2 arrangements where students can commence study in SA before venturing to Tasmania. Please see the insert from one of the students who attended this year’s trip Mussa from Playford International.

On behalf of myself and the rest of the students that went to the AMC trip to Launceston, I would like to thank you for granting us this once in a lifetime opportunity. 

 I can assure that we all picked up some valuable information from our time at the AMC and we also made some amazing new friends.

 This visit has provided an insight as to the range of courses that are running. We were all blown away with the magnitude of courses that are operating at the AMC.

 Once again, thank you for giving us this opportunity that we will all remember for the rest of our lives and I’m sure some of the students will consider enrolling at the AMC in the near future. 

 I hope there will be other opportunities that will see us all working collaboratively, whether that is on another adventure or working towards promoting the AMC. I’ve personally decided to wear the AMC jump to school and received positive feedbacks from both staffs and students.

 Kind regards,

 Mussa Ahmadi.


Liam Narcys





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ASC Subs in Schools

Over the past Month Mr Herman’s Le Fevre High School Stage 1 Naval Engineering students have partnered with the ASC to work on designing and constructing a submarine for the annual “Subs in School” competition. ASC have been a great industry partner for our school since the inception of the Maritime Program and the relationship between our school and ASC continues to further grow and develop. So far we have visited the Portside Swimming and Leisure Centre to see the ASC’S model submarine in the water where our students even had a turn of controlling their model submarine on this day. Since the testing of the ASC’s submarine the ASC representatives have come and visited and worked with our students on a weekly basis at Le Fevre High School to design and construct Le Fevre High Schools very own submarine for the competition this year.

So far students have worked on inventor to design certain parts on the 3D printer and now the students are spending time in electronics to start the process of making the submarine actually work. We look forward to the many more times the students will get to work with ASC over the upcoming year. Keep your eyes on the blog for further Maritime updates including the “Subs in School” students.


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Naval Engineering at Le Fevre High School

Stage 1

This course as well as the Stage 2 course is now well embedded in to our school curriculum. At Stage 1 level we have 20 students in this class running throughout the year. It is running again as a SACE Integrated learning subject. This year students in Semester 1 are studying Submarine Technologies where they will be constructing an Underwater Rover in partnership with the ASC, as well as this a small group of students will be participating in the Subs in Schools Program. In the second semester students will study Physics of Sailboats where they will create remote controlled land carts (to race in our school courtyard) students will focus on Aerodynamics, Stability and righting moments, Displacement and Navigation Principles.

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Stage 2

Again this course is running throughout the year with 18 students currently enrolled in the course many of them from the Stage 1 course the year before. This year students will design, prototype and create a model of the Bluefin which is the AMC Flagship boat and a former trawler. The boat will be a 1 metre long and remote controlled vessel. Throughout the projects there will be numerous Maths, Physics and such as: Naval Architecture, Displacement curves, Stability and righting moments, hydrodynamics of hulls and propellers, Navigation and Electrochemistry. This just highlights how important STEM is in education and the Maritime Industry.

This project was decided to further our relationship with one of our industry/university partners in the AMC and again this year we look forward to taking students to visit the Australian Maritime College in Launceston.


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A future in Naval Engineering – George Howard

Last year I completed Year 12. Along the way I attended over 4,500 classes, and completed 30 subjects. That is a lot of classes; however one class stood out for me above all the rest – Mr. Herman’s Naval Engineering course. Unlike almost every other subject, you’re working together as a class to create something incredible, in my case a replica model of the Australian Submarine Corporation’s (ASC) Naval Air Warfare Destroyer. The subject covered all of the processes to make a real ship, just on a small scale. The class challenged me and taught me many new skills relevant to the subject. Another incredible part of the class was Mr. Herman himself. The energy and passion that he brought to the class was one of the things that truly inspired me to choose this path for my future. However, for a while I thought I wasn’t going to make it. This was because I had an ATAR that was below the required entrance score. Even though this was the case I was still accepted into the course with the addition of bonus points and through the Flinders Uni STAT Test. Now that I am enrolled in a Bachelor of Engineering (Naval Architecture) at Flinders University, after two years it will take me to The Australian Maritime College in Tasmania and after that potentially anywhere in the WORLD! I honestly cannot wait for what the future holds for me, and it all stemmed from Mr. Herman’s Naval Engineering course.

Some very positive news from a recent graduate regarding one of the many Maritime/STEM courses we run at Le Fevre High School. Congratulations to both George and Thierry Herman for their fantastic work. Regards Liam Narcys Maritime Leader


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Maritime Industry Pathways – VET Program

In the last week of Term One 14 students from various South Australian schools spent a week at the Australian Maritime and Fisheries Academy (AMFA) at Port Adelaide. This was the first week of the 4 week block. This week was entirely dedicated to the completion of Elements of Shipboards Safety; this covers the mandatory safety competencies for this industry.

During this week students participate in firefighting drills aboard the AMFA fire tug learning about all the different range of fires and what device is best for what situation. This day was followed by a day at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre in North Adelaide where students participated in numerous safety drills that included safety jumps off the 5m diving board as well as many lifeboat drills. Another activity was “Pitch Darkness“ where they students had to put on blacked out goggles and then had to find their way back to the life raft by listening to other people’s voices, this demonstrated the students excellent teamwork.

The second stage of the course will be in the last week of term 2 when Navigation and boat handling will be the next stage of learning. If you are interested in the range of Maritime Pathways that exist in this Industry or are interested in this course next year please visit  or  to see the opportunities.


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Maritime Engineering Trades

This year the Engineering Trades Course (Maritime Focus) has a great group of enthusiastic students not only from Le Fevre H.S. but we have students from Ocean View College and Underdale High School attending every Wednesday’s.

2016 is going to be a challenging year for this group because late last year the ASC approached our school to manufacture three ‘Gun Tampions’  for the remainder Destroyers to be built in Adelaide. Tampions are chrome steel covers over the gun mussel at the bow of the ship when they come into port; it is purely a show piece to parade the vessel armory.

The students went out on their first of three, 10 day work placements at the end of Term One. I am very pleased to report that all the students performed very well in the workplace. They are being noticed at how well they can follow instructions and use hand tools with confidence.

The photo below is Dale Sampson working at Arno’s Marine with an ex-student who did his work placement there seven years ago, he impressed Arno so much that he offered him an apprenticeship. Andrew Asanopolous is now showing Dale the skills at dismantling this outboard motor.



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Subs in Schools 2015 Report

During this semester Le Fevre High School Stage 1 Naval Engineering students have been building a prototype of a submarine for the “Subs in School” competition. Over the past 7 weeks especially in the lead up to the 2 day competition blood, sweat and tears were flowing freely.

Day one of the “Subs in School” South Australia State Final began on the 8th of September with ASC hosting a tour of their submarine facility for the 50 students and 8 teachers from six competing high schools. Included in the group were students from Noosa District High School from Queensland who had traveled down to compete against the SA schools. After touring the ASC facility the students moved to the pool activities which were being hosted at the Prince Alfred College aquatic center. It was here that where the students began their first sea trials and teams were asked to present their boats and perform set tasks. To many this was seen as the most important part of the submarine project i.e. does the boat perform like a submarine should? This task measured

Readiness to set sail

Teamwork and cooperation

Experiment and Improvement


I am pleased to say that Le Fevre Submariners won first place. The achievements of our students highlighted the fact that if you have a passionate teacher such as Thierry (Mr Herman) who is able to inspire students great results can be achieved.

Day two students undertook the dryer components of the competition which were hosted at the Royal Adelaide Show. This includes engineering judging, portfolio judging and the verbal presentation components of the SUBS in Schools competition. In all of these presentations the students were clearly able to articulate their knowledge and understanding of the concepts learnt through completing their submarine. They were excellent ambassadors for the school.

Throughout this competition the students have been exemplary and demonstrated great knowledge and ill finish with a quote from our very proud teacher Mr Herman “This proves the name Maritime High School of South Australia at the front of our school is not just a name.”


Liam Narcys

Maritime Leader Le Fevre High School

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