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St Michael’s is proud to be a progressive, coeducational Kindergarten to Year 12 School.

Located on one site, our Kindergarten to Year 12 structure provides flexibility for the design of enriching learning experiences. The formal and informal contact and interaction between junior and senior students fosters peer-to-peer relationships, and students across all ages find meaningful opportunities to collaborate.

This all starts in our Junior School. Our students time in the Junior School provides a strong foundation for a love of learning and a capacity to develop new skills that will prepare them for every stage of their education and life beyond School.

Early Learning Centre – Margaret Thomas House Kindergarten

Margaret Thomas House Kindergarten is an integral part of St Michael’s. The 3YO Kindergarten and 4YO Kindergarten (Pre-Prep) programs are the beginning of a continuous learning journey, taking a child through to Year 12. Programs in Margaret Thomas House are influenced by the Reggio Emilia Education Project and guided by the Early Learning Years Framework.

In 2022, Margaret Thomas House was assessed and rated by the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority, and achieved an Exceeding rating. This means we go above and beyond what is expected, and our programs demonstrate excellence and innovation. We are committed to consistent improvement so our children may thrive.

Our Kindergarten program includes Literature, Music, Art, Creative Movement and a Language program. It operates full time, offering Before and After School Care and a Holiday Program, all staffed by St Michael’s qualified Early Childhood staff. It is also approved for the Child Care Subsidy.

Prep to Year 6

As children move into their first years of formal schooling in Prep, we support them to develop a strong sense of identity. At the lower primary years, the focus on the fundamentals of Literacy and Numeracy allows our students to be skilled researchers, competent and confident mathematicians and successful communicators. Our Signature Programs that support Mathematical and Literacy growth are sequential, evidence-based programs that are taught explicitly with the developmental stage of our learners in mind.  We focus on building a strong sense of wellbeing and support children to become effective collaborators.

In the middle primary years, we extend on these skills and apply them to a broader context – our local community. Our Signature Programs enable children to develop the dispositions and competencies to approach increasingly complex problems and apply critical thinking to identify, analyse and apply solutions.

We take advantage of being an urban school, located in the dynamic hub of St Kilda, where we access the local arts community, the bayside offerings and the beautiful gardens close by. We have formed community partnerships that allow us to offer experiential learning opportunities through our Signature Programs.

Our Year 3 students learn with experts from Earthcare and Parks Victoria, and engage in research on the St Kilda Little Penguins. With a focus on biodiversity, environmental science and collaboration on local issues, our students apply their understanding by being active citizens, effecting change in their local community. Year 4 students participate in the Tomorrow’s Leaders for Sustainability Program, in partnership with the St Kilda Botanical Gardens Eco Centre.

In Years 5 and 6, the character qualities we nurture through our Entrepreneurship and Leadership Programs support our students to manage in more complex environments. Amid a rapidly changing world, children use persistence, agility, resilience and curiosity to investigate local and global challenges, and they extend their Service Leadership skills. They collaborate to problem solve and appreciate failure is not fatal.

Our Centre for Inquiry has been designed with inquiry principles in mind, where students can research in specially designed spaces that ignite curiosity and allow for research, prototyping, problem solving and reflection in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

The experiential learning children engage in throughout their time in the Junior School helps to develop a confident, forthright graduate who is ready for the next chapter of their learning journey. Creative, inquiring minds who are equipped to learn with, from and for the world.

Curriculum

We use the Victorian Curriculum and reference the Early Years Learning Framework. Our diverse curriculum includes:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • The Humanities – Civics and Citizenship, Economics and Business (Years 5 and 6)
  • The Arts , including dance, drama, music, visual arts
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Geography and History
  • Languages (Mandarin, Japanese and French), offered at particular year levels
  • Literature and Research
  • Performing Arts program
  • Sport
  • Spirituality (Anam Cara Learning)
  • Wellbeing – Positive Learning

 

In addition, we offer a range of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) programs including Digital Technologies and Literacies and basic programming concepts. STEAM is integrated into our Transdisciplinary units of inquiry, so students make meaningful links, and are taught by a specialist staff member, along with the year level teacher.

Please click here to read more about our curriculum.

Clubs

St Michael’s clubs are an integral and complementary part of the educational process. We are proud to provide students with the opportunity to discover new interests and build positive relationships with others.

The current coordinated activities include Makerspace, Kitchen Garden, Robotics, Art, French, Hip Hop, COSMOS (Science), Book Club, Mad About, Public Speaking, Chess and Environmental Defenders. Note: some clubs are available to certain year levels only.

View our Co-Curricular calendar below, which shows the diversity of opportunities available to students from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Please click here for the P-6 Co-Curricular Calendar.

Outside School Hours Care

St Michael’s offers Before School Care, After School Care and Holiday Programs, which are approved for Child Care Subsidy (CCS) from the Department of Human Services (Centrelink). Families may choose to apply to Centrelink to determine their level of CCS.

 

Before School Care

Before School Care operates from 7.30am to 8.15am for students in Prep to Year 6 and from 7.30am to 8.40am for Kindergarten students.

All students arriving on campus and unaccompanied prior to 8.40am for Kindergarten and 8.15am for Prep to Year 6, must book into Before School Care.

Type Fee
Before School Care $15.00 per session

 

After School Care

After School Care operates from 3.15pm to 6.00pm for Kindergarten to Year 6.

On arrival, students have a healthy afternoon tea and are then given the opportunity to engage in a variety of activities, such as art and craft, cooking, basketball, cricket, organised games or unstructured play. A second snack is served at 5.00pm.

Type Fee
After School Care $24.00 per session
Late collection $3.30 per minute

 

Holiday Program

St Michael’s Holiday Program operates for selected days during non-term time holiday periods at the conclusion of Terms 1, 2 and 3, and for a limited time during the summer break. The Holiday Program runs from 8:00am to 6.00pm, on specified days during the holidays.

Type Fee
Holiday Program $72.00 per day and $86.00 per day for incursions/excursions. 
Late collection $3.30 per minute

 

Child Care Subsidy

St Michael’s Grammar School runs programs that are approved for Child Care Subsidy (CCS) . These services are Before School Care, After School Care, Holiday Program and our Kindergarten. Families may choose to apply to Centrelink to determine their level of CCS. Accessing the CCS is made on the parent’s initiative.

For information on CCS application, assessment, payments and ongoing parent responsibilities, please visit a Centrelink office.

The Department of Human Services website also provides helpful information for families.

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