Technology at St. Michael’s

January 4, 2021

‘The most important thing that schools can do is not to use technology in the curriculum more, but to use it more effectively’. John G. Palfrey and Urs Gasser. St. Michael’s has seen some fundamental changes in the use of technology to support teaching and learning in the last year. The enforced lockdown imposed in March was an opportunity for St. Michael’s to put its preparation to the test, as pupils engaged in remote learning for the first time.

Setting high expectations – inspire, motivate and challenge your pupils

September 24, 2020

In order to be effective teachers, striving to get the best from our pupils, it’s important to set clear expectations. When teachers and parents show a consistent belief in a child’s capacity, they are more like to achieve at a higher level. Now, setting high expectations does not equal constant drilling of a child and rewarding them with punishment should they not achieve, but rather encouraging them to reach the potential you know they are capable of and findings ways to help them get there.

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What can you do if your child hates school?

September 7, 2020

After an eventful start to the calendar year, school is back in action for another exciting year. Some of your children may have been chomping at the bit to get back to their routines, and meet their new teachers and classmates, whilst others have been grumbling about their summer holiday ending and having to start doing homework again. But what do you do, if your child does neither, and actually hates school?

How philosophy can help children in uncertain times

September 1, 2020

Recent studies have shown that by teaching children philosophy, we can help them to respond constructively to future existential threats. In the face of uncertainty, critical skills that can assist with ethical decision making and reasoning, are vital.

The importance of character education in school sport

August 17, 2020

At St Michael’s, we always makes sure that when it comes to sport, our children are provided with a holistic and rewarding experience. Apart from developing their physical literacy, we feel it is imperative to develop their individual social, spiritual and moral education. We believe that sport needs to be more than just mettle and determination.

What is Brain Plasticity and what does it mean for your children?

August 10, 2020

‘Practise makes perfect’; ‘Try and try again’;‘Use it or lose it’; ‘Train your brain’! These are all phrases that teachers and parents say to children to get them to acquire new knowledge and skills. What they are really talking about is brain plasticity, also known as neuroplasticity.

Why we take our learning outside

July 28, 2020

Today's society has a higher demand for self-awareness and more specialised skills that ever before. This is why at St Michael’s, we endeavour to prepare our students for life beyond school, by incorporating learning experiences outside of the classroom.

TikTok – Our children’s future or their demise?

July 21, 2020

First it was checking in on Facebook, then posting on Instagram to tweeting on Twitter. Now, its lip syncing on TikTok!

Managing Our Children’s Fears

July 9, 2020

From incidents on the playground, losing sight of mum or dad in the park or finding a date for the school dance or job after school, most children have a fear of something. Thanks to Covid 19 - accelerating our already rapidly changing world - our children have another fear to add to their lists, particularly our preteens and teenagers who have known the way of life before the effects of pandemic. So how should we be managing their fears, without creating overly anxious neurotic children?