At St Michael’s, we are proud of our innovative approach to teaching, learning and caring and we seek to provide the very best environment to enable our students to thrive. Our values of Dignity, Respect, Care and Compassion are based on the tradition of caring imbued by our founders, the Community of the Sisters of the Church.

When the Sisters of the Church embarked on their journey to Australia in 1895, it was thanks to the generosity of donors who agreed to support the ambitious undertaking. And when the Sisters purchased Marlton House, the first home of St Michael’s Grammar School and still an important part of our School today, the purchase was made possible through another generous donation.

Much later in the School’s history Sister Scholastica herself was a pioneer in leading campaigns to support the School’s expanding needs and to provide the best facilities for students.

Just as the values of the Sisters underpin our approach to education today, their tradition of philanthropy also continues. In 2019 the Board approved a new philanthropy strategy which has two main goals:

  • to establish a sustainable scholarships program through planned growth of the St Michael’s Scholarship Fund, and
  • to assist the School to maintain, and continually improve, the facilities and infrastructure expected of a leading independent school to provide the best learning environment for our students.

Current projects

Improving Facilities and Infrastructure – St George’s Redevelopment

An opportunity exists for families to celebrate their relationship with St Michael’s by supporting the restoration of a stained-glass window as part of our ambitious project to redevelop St George’s Church.

Our Performing Arts program both nurtures students of outstanding talent and encourages all students to discover the joy of creativity. The program also provides an opportunity for our students to better understand the potential for a career in the arts – as performers or creative practitioners.

For many years the Performing Arts program has been based in the heritage-listed St George’s Church. However, the building had started to decline making it increasingly unfit for the School’s purpose and putting at risk its distinctive heritage features.

Work is now nearing completion on this important project to provide our students with a performance and rehearsal venue of the highest quality, a state-of-the-art theatre seating 400, all within a unique heritage structure. You can find out more about the project here.

There are 28 beautiful stained-glass windows within the Church, which have largely been unseen and certainly unappreciated, for very many years. All display the highest standard of design and craftsmanship and were created by the leading stained-glass artisans of the late 19 century.

The windows have been fully restored as part of the redevelopment and will be a striking feature of the theatrical space.

Each of the windows offers the opportunity for members of our community to celebrate their relationship with St Michael’s by supporting the restoration of a window. Supporters will be recognised by a plaque adjacent to the window. The windows differ in size, prominence and significance which allows for a flexible range of options for support.

By choosing to support the restoration of these beautiful windows you will not only secure lasting recognition of your family’s links to St Michael’s you will also be recognised as important contributors to the redevelopment of St George’s Church.

Other options also exist to support the St George’s Redevelopment.

To gain an insight into the importance of this project to St Michael’s watch this video.

For further information about this exciting opportunity contact Ros Casey at rcasey@stmichaels.vic.edu.au or phone 03 8530 3315.

If you would like to support this project you can make a tax-deductible donation to the St Michael’s Grammar School Buildings Fund here.


Growing our Scholarship Fund so that we can expand the number of scholarships that we can offer each year is an important priority. Donations can be made at any time of year to support the Scholarships Fund.

If you would like to support Scholarships at St Michael’s, you can make a tax-deductible donation to the St Michael’s Grammar School Scholarship Fund here.

How to donate

You can make a donation today by choosing one of the options below.

To find out more about our programs or to discuss how you can support St Michael’s contact Ros Casey, Director of Advancement, on 8530 3315 or rcasey@stmichaels.vic.edu.au.

Your generous support for St Michael’s is always appreciated.

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