With Christmas just around the corner, it's time to reflect on the reason for the season! It's a time when our community comes together to focus our thoughts, prayers and attention to those less fortunate than us, especially at this time of year when Christmas can be the most challenging and confronting time for many. It can be a time of struggle and hardship. With this in mind, it's a time of giving hope to many, ensuring Christmas is a time of family joy and happiness. During the upcoming weeks, a number of opportunities are available for the St Michael's community to 'give a little', which will make such a huge difference to many. Let's strive to make every child have a happy Christmas this year.
As the winner of the Interior Architecture Award at the 2017 Victorian Architecture Awards held earlier this year, The Gipson Commons, our newest, largest and first purpose-built K–12 teaching and learning facility, progressed to the 2017 National Architecture Awards held on 2 November, and received a National Commendation for Interior Design.
Today, the School was pleased to welcome Senator James Paterson on a visit to St Michael’s as part of the School’s selection in an exciting new Government initiative, the Early Learning STEM Australia (ELSA) Pilot.
Varied in style and medium, this year's 12 Exhibition showcased the diversity of our young artists and designers and the way they perceive the world through art. Post exhibition, Visual Arts students Ava Wraight (12S) Nic Lightfoot (12H) were offered additional display opportunities from the Brightspace curators. We recently spoke to these two newly graduated artists about these opportunities, their creative experiences, and what the future holds.
Following his recent inclusion in the School Sports Victoria 15 Years and Under National Championships in March, Zac Sleeman (10K) has also just competed in the U17 National championships run by Cricket Australia.
Associate Head (Teaching and Learning), Tim Dorning, discusses the findings of a recent Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) report that uses NAPLAN data to highlight differences in student performance based on whether students attended single-sex or co-educational schools. Using St Michael's Grammar School's NAPLAN data, Tim Dorning compares our students’ performance with the schools included in the analysis over the same period, and concludes that St Michael’s students’ growth over time is greater than the growth seen in single-sex environments in both reading comprehension and numeracy.
A group of St Michael's students were lucky enough to explore 'The Land Down Under' during Term 3 school holidays, 25 September to 6 October. The holiday program was specifically designed around Australia's unique history, culture, society and landscape, through a series of insightful incursions and jam-packed excursions.