School History

St Michael’s Primary School celebrates 30 years of quality education.

 

St Michael's opened at the commencement of the 1982 school year with an enrolment of 250 pupils.  It was the last Non Government Schools in the Australian Capital Territory funded under the Capital Grant Scheme.  It was officially opened on 4th June, 1983, by the Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Senator Susan Ryan. 

 

The school commenced under the administration of the Ursuline Order, hence the Ursuline spirit permeates its educational philosophy. The Ursulines have a long tradition in education dating back to St Angela Merici who founded the Order in Bresica, Italy in 1535. She had one strong conviction -'In all your difficulties, no matter how great, go first to Jesus and learn from Him what you should do'.

 

Our motto is inspired by St Paul, who in his letter to the early Christians in Rome exhorted them 'to live in harmony with one another'. Rom. 12

 

The 'logo' symbolises our desire to live in harmony with God, with self, with others and with the environment. With God - the rainbow joins heaven and earth, a symbol of the covenant between God and His people. In a sense, Jesus is a rainbow, the bridge between God and us - as He is the source of creative power - for He is love. Through the Cross, which is placed at the centre of our logo, Jesus displayed the greatest sign of love by giving his life so that we may have life and live it in Harmony. The children, hand-in-hand, represent all of us - of all cultures and races, walking together as one with Christ to the Father. Within the circle, the curved line through the centre contrasts the harmony/disharmony of life - which is the reality with which we live. The circle symbolises the unity, which is the goal of all our strivings - ultimately eternal happiness - at oneness with God.