Please find below, frequently asked questions and answers to assist our parents, carers and prospective families.
You can also see more about what we offer students and families at St Michael's.
If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact our school office
Looking for more parent and carer resources to support your child through their Catholic education journey? Visit the CEDoW Parent & Carer Resources site.
Enrolments are accepted all year round, but the best time to enrol your child is at the beginning of the year (Term 1) – the year before your child is due to commence school.
Kindergarten enrolment interviews are held in May and June. You will receive a letter or phone call during April informing you of a time for you and your child to come in and meet with the principal. Written offers of placement will follow in late June.
At St Michael’s Catholic Primary School Thirroul, we give your child the best opportunity to develop academically, spiritually and socially in a safe and supportive environment.
We provide a caring and inclusive environment for all students, who are viewed as individuals and encouraged to achieve their full potential. We are committed to excellence in growth where we value and celebrate each student’s uniqueness.
At St Michael's, you and your child can expect:
You are most welcome! Please contact our office to make an appointment to meet with the principal and tour the school grounds.
Our office opening hours are Monday to Friday, between 8:30am and 4:00pm.
Our school bell times are as follows:
11:00am – 11:30am
1:00pm – 1:50pm
Supervision begins at 8:30am each morning.
The afternoon bell goes at 3:20pm and parents are expected to collect their children as soon as possible after this time.
Please see our Term Dates and Bell Times page for more information.
There are many co-curricular activities on offer at St Michael's!
The school has many school representative opportunities in sport, including: swimming, athletics, cross country, soccer, rugby league, basketball, netball and cricket. Children also have the opportunity to try out for Diocesan representative teams and beyond in several different sports.
St Michael's also provides the chance to compete and excel in different areas of interest, including: public speaking, enrichment days, reading challenges, art competitions, Mini Vinnies and other social justice initiatives.
Find out more about the co-curricular activities available for students at our Co-Curricular Opportunities page.
The dignity of the human person is the foundation of all Catholic Social Teaching and inherent to the mission of our school. Essential to this is the creation and maintenance of a respectful, safe and supportive learning environment that promotes student wellbeing and enables school communities to engage an inclusive and diverse range of learners.
At St Michael's, we believe that all members of the community have the right to a learning and working environment free from intimidation, humiliation and harm. We all share a responsibility to create a culture of caring which will not tolerate bullying. We believe that bullying must be taken seriously and is not acceptable in any form. In witnessing Christian values we reject ideas, beliefs and behaviours, which marginalise or victimise people.
Please refer to the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong's Pastoral Care and Wellbeing Policy here.
You can also find further anti-bullying, wellbeing and online safety resources at our Resources page here.
Yes, Dion's Bus Service and Green's Northern Coaches service areas both north (to Stanwell Park) and south (to Wollongong) of the school.
Note: The School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) gives eligible school students free or subsidised travel between home and school on NSW public transport, including buses and trains. For more information and to apply for a school travel pass for your child, click here.
Yes, we offer organised before and after school care for our students through Big Fat Smile.
Big Fat Smile's Out of School Hours (OOSH) services offer a safe learning environment to build students social, emotional and life skills. They provide educators using the National Learning Framework and diverse staff with a range of specialist and qualified skills. Homework Club is also available, where students are provided support with their homework, if needed.
Find more information about the Big Fat Smile Fun Club here.
Our school also offers a second-hand uniform facility and provides regular pop-up stalls throughout each term.
For more information on the St Michael's school uniform, visit our Uniform page.
Please see our Fees Information page for more information.
If you are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to pay fees, please discuss the situation with our principal. Your situation will be treated with care and confidentiality, and an appropriate arrangement may be made for you. No student will be refused enrolment because of a family’s genuine inability to pay fees.
We'd love to have you! St Michael's strives to be a connected and welcoming community and we value the engagement of parents and families in the school life in any way they can.
This could be as simple as being interested and informed about school events and activities, supporting and/or participating in community events, school assemblies and school liturgies.
If you are able, we also welcome and value your involvement in school activities. Parents (and grandparents!) can participate and contribute by volunteering at sport carnivals and gala days, helping in the classroom, or by offering expertise in a particular area of interest.
Please note: Given our commitment to safeguarding children, volunteers will first need to organise a Working With Children Check (WWCC) – information and forms can be found on the CEDoW website.
All parents and families are also invited to become involved with our Parents and Friends (P&F) Association, who work collaboratively with the school and parish about matters that affect your child at school, as well as general issues about school life including social events, fundraising and community building.
For more information, please visit our Parent Engagement page.
If you have a concern or would like to raise any issue regarding your child’s learning and wellbeing, our staff welcome the opportunity to speak with you about your child.
We ask that you contact your child’s classroom teacher in the first instance. The best way to do this is by:
If you need to speak to your child’s teacher, we ask that you do this by:
We ask for your patience in response to your request as schools are busy places and the main priority of staff is the education, safety and wellbeing of the students in their care during school hours. Requests by parents for information and meetings will be responded to as quickly as possible.
The Lighting the Way Together Parent-School Partnership Framework outlines for parents and the school, the principles and expectations of the partnership that is formed when a child is enrolled in a Catholic systemic school in the Diocese of Wollongong such as St Michael's. It will be introduced and implemented in schools throughout the school year.
Download a copy of the Parent-School Partnership Framework and read more about this important partnership at www.dow.catholic.edu.au/partnershipframework
Interested in enrolling at St Michael's? We'd love to welcome you to our school!