5/6 Fun Making Bark Canoes

The students BTN watched an episode of BTN about the indigenous Kuarna people making bark canoes. They answered some questions about the episode and then were given the task of building their own small raft using things from inside and outside such as sticks, bark, grasses, twine, string, rubber bands etc.
Bun said making the canoes was fun. Kennedy remarked he enjoyed going outside and constructing something out of not many materials.


Anzac Day was celebrated at home in many different ways for our St Michael's families this year. Here are some examples of the fantastic work received by our teachers.


Participation and Encouragement Shines Bright at Athletics Carnival 2020

Athletes were greeted with cool Autumn weather when St. Michael’s School recently held its annual Athletics Carnival at Harold Preston Park.

The senior students took part earlier in the morning in a number of field events including 800m, Discus, Long Jump and Triple Jump. Preps and grade 1/2s arrived later in the morning to compete in their 100m sprints, followed by the grade 3/4s and 5/6s. Baton relays and tug-of-wars were hard-fought between the house colours.  Each student then competed in different ball games according to their year level.  The day concluded with all the children enthusiastically participating in Aerobics followed by trophy presentations.

Blue House were the overall Athletics winners with Gold House taking out the Aerobics. Many students qualified to represent St. Michael’s at the District Sports.

Vice Principal, Ms. DiCorleto said, “Congratulations to our students for the way in which they participated at our Athletics Carnival. Our children showed persistence and resilience, and despite the weather conditions, competed with enthusiasm all day. They certainly made the St Michael's school community very proud.”



The St Michael’s Grade 5 students attended Camp Coolamatong for four days of teamwork, fun and learning.

Camp Coolamatong is located on the Banksia Peninsula near Paynesville. The goals for the camp were;

  • To spend quality time with classmates and teachers in a setting that is natural and uncluttered.
  • To promote unselfishness and consideration for others through cooperation and teamwork.
  • To experience new activities in an unfamiliar environment.
  • To develop independence and self-reliance through spending time in situations different to everyday life.

There were many activities for the students to experience such as canoeing, abseiling, a night hike, low ropes, archery, feeding the farm animals, a boat cruise, cycling and games at the beach.

When asked what their camp highlight was; Kennedy replied, “Canoeing was my favourite because I have never canoed before and we got to splash each other.” Archer answered, “My highlight was orienteering while bike riding as we had to work in a team of three to locate numbers around the camp and this was a big challenge.” Aine said, “Low ropes was the best because we had to work as a team to keep everyone safe and get them through the course.” Aleksandra responded, “I enjoyed archery because I have never done it before and it was fun.” Mia remarked, “I liked the night walk because of the nice sunset and the interesting story that was told about the camp land owners.”  Will stated, “I liked the talent show because everyone did a good job and it was lots of fun.”

The boat trip was a popular activity. The first stop was Grange Beach where the students played games on the beach and enjoyed a lovely lunch together. They then sailed to Raymond Island to participate in a koala walk, with the winning group siting 25 koalas. Canoeing was also a favourite with some children choosing to capsize their vessels under supervision.

Two of the highlights of the camp were the Disco which had a ‘80s and Neon’ theme and ‘St Michael’s Got Talent’, where everyone was entertained by some very impressive singing, dancing and comedy routines.

School Principal, Jodie Ware said, “It was a lovely camp, everyone had a great time and the children thoroughly enjoyed this experience.”


Regional Swimming Carnival

On Thursday 12th March, a team of students represented St. Michael’s School at the Regional Swimming Carnival. This event was held at the Warragul Pool.

The team was very successful, with one student, Max, going on to compete in the State Swimming Carnival later in the year. Grade 3/4 teacher, Sharon Dortmans commented on the athletes’ great sportsmanship, enthusiasm and camaraderie with all other swimmers.


Bushfire Fundraiser

On Friday 20th March, St Michael’s Grade 5/6 students held a special market day to raise funds for those affected by the recent bushfires.

The students were given time to design and create items to sell or games to play. Some of the games included: guess the lolly, a colouring competition, sweet pongo and ping pong toss. Some of the stalls sold the following items: loom bands, scrunches, lolly bags and bracelets.

The total amount of money raised was over $800.00 and the students will choose how to distribute the money they raised to the various bush fire relief organisations.

Grade 5/6 Teacher, Mrs. Sue Shaw said, “It was amazing to see the way the children organised the activities, stalls and prizes and the excitement and support from the rest of the school community.”