As well as offering comprehensive programs in literacy, numeracy, Christian Studies there are other elements that are offered as part of our curriculum.

Information Technology


We equip our students with 21st century skills and knowledge to be safe and effective users of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), through purposeful teaching and learning experiences, supported by the provision of appropriate technology and skilled staff.

We promote ICT as an essential tool for inquiry, communication, collaboration, content creation and learning and ICT capabilities are incorporated through the whole school curriculum.

We integrate the IB learner profile attributes into all aspects of ICT-based teaching and learning, developing international mindedness and the characteristics of effective learners in our students.

We provide the following facilities and resources to our students and staff, to support their ICT activities and programmes.

  • A modern server and network, internet access and wi-fi connectivity to all areas of the school.
  • A computer suite, consisting of 28 modern PCs, each with relevant educational and productivity software installed.
  • Teacher and student PCs, an interactive white board and sound field system in each classroom.
  • A BYOD iPad programme for our year 4, 5 & 6 students.
  • A shared set of 30 iPads, complete with a range of apps suitable for all year levels and extra iPads for Learning Support students.
  • Digital devices such as floor robots, video cameras, digital cameras, webcams, recording microphones, iPods and audio splitters.
  • An ICT Education Support Officer whose role it is to support and up-skill the school community in the use and application of ICT within the curriculum.
  • Ongoing education in cyber safety, digital citizenship and internet searching for our students.
  • Class blogs as an important means of communication between the teacher and the parents.  (See the School Blogs for access).

For examples of the many ICT activities happening in our school, please visit our ICT blog at http://smlps.edublogs.org/.

Cyber Safety

Cybersafety is the safe and responsible use of Information and Communication Technologies.  Cyber Safety education teaches students how to act in a safe and responsible manner on the Internet and in other connected environments.  Cyber Safety workshops are conducted with students on or near Safer Internet Day each February and at other times during the year as necessary.  Cyber Safety information and resources are gathered from a variety of websites, including :

Further Information

For examples and more information about Cybersfety education at St Michael's, please click here

Additional resources for staff, parents and the wider school community can also be found by clicking here.


Diverse Learning

To support teachers and students our Learning Support department prioritise their work into three main areas:

  • students who are most at risk of not reaching the Benchmarks.
  • students who meet the criteria for Commonwealth funding for disabilities.
  • early intervention: supporting students in their first years of school.
  • Assistance is also given to teachers in planning work, dealing with social/emotional issues and drawing up goals for identified individual students.

Student Assessment


It is essential that students and parents are informed of progress at school.

A variety of means is used in the assessment process: eg. tests, observations, checklists, reflection, self and peer appraisal. These tools and others are used to build a picture of each individual student.

There are a variety of ways in which student's progress is reported to parents. 'Plain English' reports are made available to all parents at the end of terms 2 and 4. Learning portfolios are used to complement this process. 

Parent / Teacher interviews are held upon request or more formally (on an optional basis) at the end of first term.

Student - led conferences are held at the end of second term and are a vehicle from which students can share their learning journey with their parents. 

Language other than English (LOTE)

All students in Foundation - Year 6 receive one hour a week of instruction in German. LOTE at the Primary level not only exposes students to written and oral language but also incorporates elements of culture and daily life.

Physical Education

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All teachers program for 2 hours per week of physical activity. This physical activity takes the form of:

  • daily fitness
  • physical education lesson: This incorporates the learning of skills, participating in various sports - eg. dance, swimming, gymnastics, lawn bowls, athletics 

These lessons are taught by a specialist PE Teacher.

Creative Arts

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One of the specialist subject lessons offered to the students is Creative Arts. Focussing on Art, Drama and Music connections are made with current units of work in the classroom aiming for the students to gain a deeper level of understanding.  

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