The St Michael’s learning journey
We strive for excellence in all learning areas, providing students with clear expectations and skilled instruction while inspiring their curiosity, motivation and self-confidence. St Michael’s students have ample opportunities to apply their learning. Regular detailed feedback encourages them to continue challenging themselves.
From the early years, a St Michael’s education provides choice, breadth and depth. From Kindergarten, our learning is inquiry-driven, with a commitment to the Reggio Emilia Educational Project. Our educators observe, listen and research alongside the children, encouraging them to wonder and pose questions with many opportunities for critical, analytical, creative and reflective thinking.
Students in Prep to Year 6 research and evaluate their learning within the context of a rich Transdisciplinary Learning framework. Our diverse curriculum includes English, Mathematics, Wellbeing, Information Communication and Learning Technologies, Spirituality (Anam Cara Learning), Music, Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Physical Education and Sport, Languages (Chinese, Japanese and French), Literature and Research Skills, and Outdoor Education. In addition, we offer a range of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) programs in Kindergarten to Year 6, including: Digital Technologies and Literacies, and basic programming concepts.
The range of choices broadens further in Years 7 and 8, with a selection of English, Mathematics, Science, Technology, Humanities, Visual Arts and Design, Performing Arts, Health and Physical Education, Anam Cara Learning and Languages. Students have the option of taking French (beginning or continuing), Italian (beginning), Japanese (beginning or continuing) or Chinese (continuing).
Chinese is offered in Prep, Japanese and French are offered from Year 1 and Italian and Chinese are offered from Year 7. The School’s interactive Languages program is directed towards the central goal of effective language learning, supporting students’ path to fluency.
Electives are introduced in Year 8 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 (Accounting, Business Management, Economics, Geography, History, Legal Studies and Global Politics).