Absentee Line - Primary 8150 2397, Secondary 8150 2323

History

1980s

The pioneering years

“A school is a living institution. It has a corporate life of its own to which teachers, pupils, parents and Old Scholars all contribute. If it is a good school it develops and transmits a tradition which is of the very essence of educational quality, so that the whole school community strives to live up to its ideals” – Br Kevin Moloney

1980

Br Kevin plans building extensions to widen the school curriculum.

1982

The Environmental Design Centre is completed, catering for woodwork, metalwork, plastics, art, photography, drama, design and pottery.

Br Kevin introduces a formal Graduation Evening ceremony for Year 12 students. Students are presented with a Certificate of Graduation and are publicly thanked for their contribution to the school.

A property at Goolwa is purchased with a vision to continue widening the school’s offerings. Students experience extra activities in the Victor Harbor area which also serves as a place for leadership seminars.

1983

Br Paul Rogers becomes Headmaster, changing the history of St Michael’s. He continues curriculum development and introduces changes to administrative structure and pastoral care.

1984

The Individual Learning Mode (ILM) course is implemented to support Year 10 and 11 student employment hopes. St Michael’s becomes a pioneer in this area, with the course later becoming a public form of accreditation through the Senior Schools Assessment Board’s introduction of Community Studies.

1985

Accounting, Legal Studies, Physical Education, and Business Maths are introduced at the Secondary Campus. Computing studies are introduced on both campuses.

Br Paul expands the enrolment of girls to Year 11.

St Michael’s starts to come of age, with old scholars returning to teach at the College.