Tonight we gather to commemorate the 2017 school year at St Michael’s, the 123rd year in the School’s history, and my 18th and final year as Head. Once again, we assemble here in the beauty and splendour of Hamer Hall to celebrate an extraordinary range of student achievement and attainment across a host of areas of learning: from mathematics to performing arts; sport to literature; outdoor education to the humanities; leadership to languages; science to citizenship. Tonight we witness and celebrate the quality and excellence of our students’ successes in 2017 and pause to acknowledge all that it means to be part of the St Michael’s Grammar School community.
At the beginning of Term 4 our Year 4 students were given a STEM challenge, which was an opportunity to explore the science of force and motion, and how to use design thinking to produce a solution to a specified problem. The challenge was actioned by St Michael's 'Space Agency' Commanders (and Year 4 teachers), Mr Daniel Zito, Miss Claudia McArthur and Mrs Kirsten James across four planets; Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Pluto.
We’re pleased to share the news that following his final year as Head of St Michael’s Grammar School, Mr Simon Gipson will be joining Australian not-for-profit organisation, The Song Room, as their new CEO commencing February 2018.
As we head towards the end of the year and the School celebrates the 18 years of dedicated service from Mr Simon Gipson, the St Michael’s community prepares to welcome Mrs Terrie Jones as Head of the School, commencing 2018.
A group of Year 9 students took their Dance unit to a whole new level after creating their own dance company, and executing NEXUS – a high-level student production held on 24 November in the St Michael’s Drama Studio.
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.