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SAASTA Elite Netball Program Trials



LOCATION: Netball SA Stadium, 155 Railway Terrace Mile End South

THURSDAY 5th February 2015 - FINAL TRYOUT
4:30pm - 6:00pm

WEDNESDAY 10th December
5.30pm – 7.00pm
SUNDAY 7th December
10.45am – 12.45pm

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The SAASTA Elite Netball Program (SENP) is a sports-based South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy for female students in Years 11 & 12 who have the potential to excel in the sport of netball.

Students are required to attend BOTH trial dates if they wish to be selected in to the Elite Netball Program. If a Student is unable to attend both trials, please notify Netball SA Community Participation Coordinator, Rachel Horstmann on 8238 0512 prior to Friday 5th December.

Download the Application Form and return the completed form to Rachel Horstmann.

Postal: PO Box 2082, Hilton Plaza, SA 5033
Fax: 08 8238 0555

For further information about the program contact:


Andrew Smith, Manager
Student, Aboriginal and Family Services
Department for Education and Child Development

Ph: 8226 0920
Mob: 0418 835 501


SAASTA Awards 2014


The SAASTA awards were established to encourage every student to aim high and raise the bar of expectation they place on themselves in areas such as attendance, participation, educational achievement and behaviour.

SAASTA would like to congratulate again our award winners for 2014:


Male Sports Achiever of the Year Anthony_stengle
Sponsored by Port Adelaide Football Club

Anthony Stengle
Le Fevre Academy




Eva_KarpaniFemale Sports Achiever of the Year
Sponsored by Sports Centre

Eva Karpani
Christies Beach Academy



 Greatest Gained Award
Sponsored by DAASA “ Give up Smokes for Good”

Tommy Wanganeen
Maitland Academy


Peer Leadership Award
Sponsored by CE, DECD

Shaylee Saunders
Port Lincoln Academy



Teah_HoeppnerAcademic Achievers of the Year
Sponsored by University of South Australia

Teah Hoeppner
Mawson Lakes Academy

Georgia Stratton
Maitland Academy













Yutika_Timothy-NamStudent of the Year
Sponsored by University of South Australia

Yutika Timothy-Nam
Mawson Lakes Academy




Miranda_MulderCoordinator of the Year
Sponsored by Pushing Performance

Miranda Mulder
Murray Bridge Academy


Murray-BridgeAcademy of the Year
Sponsored by Adelaide United FC

Murray Bridge Academy


Netball SA announces SAASTA Elite Netball Program


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Elite netball program a win for Aboriginal students


Aboriginal girls in Years 11 and 12 will have the chance to take part in a new elite netball program while they complete their studies under a new initiative announced by Minister for Education and Child Development Jennifer Rankine today.

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SAASTA AFL POWER Academy - 2015 Trials



The SAASTA AFL POWER Academy will be holding a trial for the 2015 squad of 30 on Friday 28th of November at 3:30pm for fitness testing and Saturday 29th November at 9am for a trial match at PAFC, Alberton Oval.

An information session for staff and parents will follow the trials for successful students providing details about the educational requirements of the program and the impact it may have on their schooling.

South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy (SAASTA) and The Port Adelaide Football Club are proud to announce the continuation of its partnership, which will see the second year of the SAASTA AFL POWER Academy operate out of the club’s state of the art facilities at Alberton in 2015.

The primary focus of the academy will be to assist schools in driving the retention and success rate of Indigenous students in the SACE compared to their non-Indigenous counterparts. Additionally students will be engaged, supported and encouraged to progress their abilities and reach their dreams of a career in Australian football.

Eligibility for entry into the academy there are a number of ‘Key Performance Indicators’ which students will be required to achieve and maintain which include but are not limited to:

•           Be enrolled to study the SACE at a South Australian school

•           Maintain a minimum 80% attendance rate across all subjects throughout the 2014 school year

•           Achieve academic success in all subjects (C grade or better)

•           Adhere at all times to the schools behaviour management code

•           Be identified as a talented footballer

The SAASTA AFL POWER Academy will commence in week 2 of term 1 of the 2015 school year with students required to attend the Port Adelaide Football Club 1 day per week for 40 weeks. During this time students will be enrolled to study the Certificate III in Sport & Recreation which will contribute up to 50 Stage 2 credits toward their SACE.  Students who have already completed their Certificate III qualification will study a sports-based Stage 2 subject worth 20 credits.

Weekly sessions will be split between a range of theory and practical tasks related to the qualification and will be delivered by expert lecturers from TAFE SA in conjunction with Port Adelaide Football Club and SAASTA staff. In addition academy footballers will receive mentoring from Port Adelaide players and SAASTA mentors, compete in football games and training sessions, undergo genuine work experience in an AFL setting and participate in personal development activities. We plan to travel with the AFL Power team to various locations interstate to play curtain raiser games including Alice Springs, NT for the AFL Indigenous Round.

If you have any questions regarding this exciting program please contact:


Andrew Smith, Manager
Student, Aboriginal and Family Services
Department for Education and Child Development

Ph: 8226 0920
Mob: 0418 835 501


Port Adelaide Football Club

Paul Vandenbergh, Aboriginal Programs Manager
Power Community Limited
Port Adelaide Football Club

Ph:  8447 9966

SAASTA Uni SA Shield - 2014


The Advertiser, Tuesday 18 November 2014

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Former SAASTA Student - Katarina Keeler Announced As Face of the 2014 Adelaide Fashion Festival


2014 Adelaide Fashion Festival (AFF) kick off with a bang; announcing the Face of the Festival to 200 guests at an exclusive, invitation-only event held at Tandanya.

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Former SAASTA Student and the 2011 SAASTA Student of the Year, Katarina Keeler has been announced as the Face of the 2014 Adelaide Fashion Festival.

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Adelaide Thunderbirds - Designing the Dress


What do you get when you cross a passion for netball paired with artistic ability? If you ask 16-year-old Margaret she’ll tell you that it’s an award-winning Adelaide Thunderbirds playing dress design!

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Celebrating Indigenous Culture - SAASTA Stars play curtain raiser game


The Adelaide Thunderbirds, in conjunction with the South Australian Aboriginal Sports Training Academy (SAASTA), are proud to celebrate the contribution of Indigenous Australians to netball at this week’s Indigenous game.

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