Students at St Michael's have many opportunities to become involved in activities outside the regular school curriculum, including:
These are our three major sports carnivals in the school year. They are fun and active days for all children, encouraging participation and sportsmanship. All children are expected to participate at a school level. From these carnivals, squads are formed to represent St Michael's at a Diocesan level. This can then lead to MacKillop trials, MacKillop (State level in Catholic schools) and National levels. Training squads meet before school and during lunch times.
St Michael's participates in Diocesan Gala Days in these sports. Training is organised by staff during lunch time in the weeks leading up to each event. There are also in-school sports clinics in AFL, soccer, rugby league and rugby union.
Each year outstanding sporting students (ie playing in the highest division possible) in Yrs 5 and 6 are given the opportunity to nominate for the chance to attend Diocesan sports trials. This year trials will be held for tennis, basketball, netball, soccer, rugby league, rugby union, touch football, hockey, softball and cricket.
The representative pathways are as follows: School-based Carnivals/Trials > Diocesan Carnivals/Trials > NSW MacKillop Carnivals/Trials > NSW PSSA State Carnivals > Australian Championships (School Sport Australia).
Teams are selected to compete against Catholic schools from all over NSW in this competition. Students travel with their families to a destination in NSW for not just a weekend of playing basketball, but also a great, fun trip away with other families from our school and the diocese.
Students are able to receive small group or individual tuition in musical instruments. Our School Band performs at various events and functions throughout the year.
St Michael's has a number of choirs including our award-winning choirs at the Shoalhaven Eisteddfod, choirs for parish and school liturgies, and our Glee Club, whose members prepare songs for enjoyment and singing at local community gatherings and nursing homes.
Public speaking opportunities are offered at school, regional and diocesan levels.
These competitions, run by the University of NSW, take place at various times throughout the year in the areas of Spelling, Writing, English, Mathematics, Computers and Science. Schools receive feedback about students' strengths and weaknesses, and students receive a certificate with a grade of Pass, Credit or Distinction.
Our Student Environmental Group meets weekly, and are involved in projects such as the school vegetable and herb garden, the Meditation Memorial Garden, the Aboriginal Garden Project (incorporating members of our local Aboriginal community) and a recycling program involving worm farms and composting. We are also active participants and members of the CEDoW Wollongong Environment Network (WEN).
Our students participate in Tournament of the Minds, Maths Olympiad, SPLICED, Challenging Maths Tasks, and Maths Enrichment Groups focusing on 'real world mathematics' and 'problem-solving', as well as knitting and woodwork.
Our school has many social justice and social awareness opportunities for students to participate with their peers. These include: