Extra curricular activities
This year, due to Middle Schooling commencing at Cornerstone College in 2014, we have four School Captains. Students from year 6 & 7 were invited to apply for the position of School Captain. Applications were submitted and interviews conducted before selected candidates presented speeches to the entire school community before elections are held. School Captains take a leading role in organising Assemblies, greeting and thanking visitors and representing the school.
2013 School Captains:
Amy Hein & Finley Walsh (Year 7)
Emily Marshall & Elijah Herrmann (Year 6)
There are a number of avenues in which students are encouraged to develop leadership skills.
As explained above, due to Cornerstone College commencing Middle Schooling in 2014 students from year 6 & 7 were invited to apply for the position of House Captain. Applications were read and interviews conducted before selected candidates presented speeches to members of their House whom elect their chosen candidates. House Captains organise lunch time activities for the students and organise participation on Sports Day. Theirs is an encouraging and supportive role.
Student Representative Council (SRC)
From year 3 two students from each class are elected to represent their class on the SRC. Meeting fortnightly the SRC discusses concerns raised from class, run the weekly Assembly and decide on community projects to support.
Camps and Excursions
Camps: Camps are held for all students in alternate years beginning with a sleepover at school for Reception students. The objectives of our camping program include relationship building, social skills, the experience of new activities and to support classroom programs. Each student should experience four camping experiences during their time at St. Michaels.
Excursions: Excursions are programmed each year to support the learning program in the classroom. Particpation in excursions puts a 'real - life' element to topics being studied in class.
Each year the musical and dramatic talents of the students are used to present our school concert. In alternate years all students from either the junior primary or upper primary participate in this event. In 2013 the school concert will be in the week beginning the 2nd of September (Term 3 Week 7) and held in the Hahndorf Institute.
A number of opportunities exist for students to undertake the learning of a musical instrument. The school outsources tuition in keyboard and guitar providing faciliites for tutors for teaching purposes. Lessons can be held during school time and parents pay these tutors directly.
In conjunction with Cornerstone College tuition in a variety of band instruments (trumpet, flute, saxophone, clarinet) is also offered. Taught in small groups the students have the opportunity to play in a band under the guidance of a Cornerstone College teacher. The development of these skills can lead to particpation in High school bands.
Pedal Prix - 2012 Race III Report
Under cloudy skies the teams’ parents and supporters headed to Murray Bridge with high expectations. No one was disappointed. The teams lead by Campbell Byrne (Silver) and Kane Jaensch ( Red ) excelled over the weekend with efforts everyone should be proud of . Excitement built on the Sunday morning with the Silver team chasing 300 laps and the Red team desperate to hold off St Marks from Mt Barker. They did it ! The Silver team finished with 302 laps and finished 8th out of 71, and Red held off St Marks by the narrowest of margins to finish 11th with 283 laps.
Most of our competitors were Year 6 students and this effort is huge when you compare us to other schools who have larger student numbers. Our success was due to the children’s hard work at training and their commitment to the team they were in. As our children and parents found out, it is hard work in the early hours of Sunday morning when the team effort, to make sure we kept our competitive advantage over other teams, showed through.
A special thanks to our team managers, Rachel Bruce (silver team) Scott Jeffries Martin Read (red team), Andrew Byrne our bike technician (who sadly may not be with us next year, but has given many years of service to the teams), Peta Byrne (the same)and Sue Read for their brilliant catering effort over the year and to Chris Jaensch, Steve Johnson Rob Angwin for ensuring the bikes were always in top condition.
I am exceptionally proud and thoroughly enjoyed the way our children represented the school. Their behaviour was brilliant and the whole school community should be proud.
I would like thank our sponsors who without their support it wouldn’t be possible to run the teams. To Access and Construction Equipment (Damien & Donna Rayner), Hogan Insurance Solutions (myself), Bananablue.com.au and Adelaide’s Finest Supermarkets (Rachel Bruce’s Family Kate & Spero Chapley - donated all our food), Adelaide Mushrooms (Brian Schirripa) and Mad Aussie Signs (Andrea & Darryn Gibson), and to many other familyies who have chipped in to help.
I look forward to next year when with a years experience will see us back on the podium chasing that No 1 position.