St Michael’s Catholic Parish Primary School is located in the northern Illawarra suburb of Thirroul and has been operating since 1940, when the school was opened by the Sisters’ of St Joseph. Over the last 75 years, the school has evolved to become a vibrant community that prides itself on providing quality, Catholic education to all students.
St Michael’s is a single stream school with a student population of just under 200. The school has a strong reputation both among the local community and the diocese and contains a range of special features.
A positive climate exists at St Michael’s and visitors are quick to notice an atmosphere that is welcoming, inclusive and friendly. The staff is committed and caring. They know their students and are genuinely concerned for their progress and wellbeing.
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Catholic schools have a long and proud history in the Australian educational landscape. Originally established by orders of brothers, nuns and priests in the nineteenth century, they are now almost entirely staffed and led by lay people.
Catholic systemic schools in the Diocese of Wollongong are either parish primary schools like St Michael's, or diocesan secondary or K-12 schools. They are all co-educational schools. (The Diocese also has another seven independent congregational secondary schools, some of which offer single-sex education.)
Catholic schools have a unique character because as well as being places where learning is highly valued, they are places where priority is given to a values-based education in the Catholic faith. This involves all staff and students proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world. Staff identify strongly with their school and take pride in their work and the school’s achievements.