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Maritime News

This year’s class started their journey towards a maritime career in the last week of term one. The 21 students from various high schools across South Australia were split in to two separate classes. One class studying Engineering where they focused on performing basic servicing and maintenance of main propulsion units and auxiliary systems. The other class focused on basic survival skills, firefighting  and work health and safety. The students who finished these competencies come out with an ESS ticket (Elements of Shipboard Safety), which will help them gain work experience or employment on any type of vessel.

The students enjoyed their time putting out fires as well as their time at the Adelaide Aquatic Centre where they  practiced raft skills as well as simulated emergency drills. The students are well on their way to a maritime career as well as 60 stage 1 credits for completing the course.

Students can begin to express interest in the course next year by contacting myself or the Australian Maritime and Fisheries Academy. Please keep up to date with the blog for updates on these students and their journeys as well as all the other Maritime news from Le Fevre High School and beyond.

Regards Liam Narcys

Maritime Leader, Le Fevre High School

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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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Huntington Ingalls Industries visit Le Fevre

HII is Americas largest military ship builder and they had requested a visit to our school after hearing about our focus on developing the skills and capabilities that will be vital for the nation’s future ship building plans. HII is looking to secure the rights to our Naval Maritime College (to be operational in 2018) and the focus of their tour was to see how they can support and nurture the programs we already have in place. They were impressed by the work Thierry Herman has developed in the fields of Naval Engineering/Architecture and also the enthusiasm and passion he displayed. Deklan  gave an impressive account of the CAD work he was doing as part of the Naval course and made comment of the knowledge and understanding he has of complex theories. Chloe  represented students who are undertaking the Subs in Schools challenge and she spoke well about their progress and planning. The delegates made particular note about how enthusiastic these young people were which I believe reflects upon the dedication of the staff at LFHS.

“The enthusiasm and expertize of your team was very evident.  Similarly, the enthusiasm and engagement of your students was also evident.” Jeff McCray Vice President Business Development. HII 

As they toured our facilities they were especially pleased with our results in developing future trade capabilities through our Certificate 1 Engineering course. Chris Chrisakis explained in detailed how the students make their way through the course and that the students are treated as apprentices which holds them in good stead in the future. The main focus in our engineering areas is our ability to meet the future demand for students in these trades as the Naval Shipbuilding program takes shape.

The Naval Shipbuilding Program has the potential to drive our economy and the Le Fevre Peninsula in the future due to the vast nature and reach of the project. Le Fevre High School is well placed and in some cases ahead of the curve in preparing our students to become a part of this exciting project.


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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”

Maritime 3. Maritime 4.

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.

Naval Engineering 1

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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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