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Many ways to engage
The guiding principle of diversity is applied to
all aspects of learning, both within and outside
the classroom. Students participate in a broad
range of learning activities, which extend their
capabilities while developing their resilience,
strength and optimism.
Students interested in expanding their passions
and interests have a wealth of options.
In COSMOS, the student-run Science Club,
students organise and conduct sophisticated
Physics and Chemistry experiments. Those
seeking further intellectual challenges can join
the Chess Club, which engages students in
strategy lessons and interschool tournaments.
Members of the Philosophy Club discuss
enduring questions of existence, free will and
morality. Other opportunities include the
Art Club and the Humanities Club, offering
students the chance to expand their knowledge
with like-minded peers. These forums for
debate and reflection substantially enrich the
School’s intellectual life.
Thriving in nature
Australia’s beautiful natural environment
plays a key role in a St Michael’s education.
Incorporating our country’s rugged landscape
into the learning process, the Outdoor
Education program has been central to
the School’s educational journey for more
than three decades. In sequential ‘Exodus’
adventures, held at spectacular Victorian
locations from Year 3 onward, students master
outdoor skills, learn to confidently lead others,
and build mutual trust.
A defining experience of the Outdoor
Education Program takes place in Year 10,
when students refine their survival skills by
spending 24 hours solo in a Victorian national
park. A group of Year 11 students also hike and
raft from Australia’s highest peak to the sea on
the epic 20-day ‘Kosi to the Coast’ expedition.
From the early years, a St Michael’s education
provides choice, breadth and depth.
Students in Preparatory to Year 6 research and
evaluate their learning within the context of
a rich Transdisciplinary Learning framework.
This includes a focus on core English and
Mathematics skills, as well as Science, History,
Geography, Health, and Learning Technologies.
This supportive environment privileges deep
engagement based on research, critical thinking,
analysis, collaboration and perseverance.
Our diverse and challenging junior years
curriculum also includes Sacred Stories,
Visual and Performing Arts, Physical Education,
Library and Research Skills, French, Japanese,
Wellbeing , and Outdoor Education. All learning
incorporates advanced Information Technology,
fully integrated into classrooms across multiple
platforms. Leadership and problem-solving skills
permeate all areas of the curriculum.
The range broadens further in Years 7 and 8, with
a rich selection of English, Mathematics, Science,
Technology, Humanities, Visual Arts and Design,
Performing Arts, Health and Physical Education,
Body, Mind and Spirit (BMS), and Languages.
Three languages are offered – Japanese and
French (from Year 1) and Italian (from Year 7).
The School’s interactive Languages program
is directed towards the central goal of effective
language learning, supporting students’ path
Electives are introduced in Year 9 and expand
in Year 10, where students select a major
proportion of their academic program.
Subject choices increase significantly during
this crucial year.
The St Michael’s VCE program features
a comprehensive range of more than
40 subjects, including all major Sciences
(Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Psychology)
and the full complement of Humanities
(including Accounting, Business Management,
Economics, Geography, History,
Legal Studies and Global Politics).
This academic focus is emphasised through
an outstanding commitment to Mathematics
and Science, with well above the state average
in upper-level Mathematics enrolments.
“For students at an
inner-city school like St Michael’s,
any chance to become immersed within
true Aussie bushland is an experience they’ll
never forget. They know it’s OK to be afraid
of new things – for example, if they decide
not to abseil on their first attempt, I tell them:
‘Next time, you’ll be one step closer!’
They learn about trust, respect,
resilience, teamwork, and much more.”
Ms Debi Slinger,
Director of Outdoor
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