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St Michael's Collegiate School 218 Macquarie Street, Hobart, Tasmania 7000 PO Box 215 Sandy Bay, Tasmania, Australia 7006 T (03) 6211 4911 / 61-3-6211 4911 F (03) 6211 4955 / 61-3-6211 4955 [email protected] www.collegiate.tas.edu.au The Christ College Trust Trading as: St. Michael's Collegiate School CRICOS Registration No. 00482K

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Prospectus

St Michael's Collegiate School 218 Macquarie Street, Hobart, Tasmania 7000 PO Box 215 Sandy Bay, Tasmania, Australia 7006 T (03) 6211 4911 / 61-3-6211 4911 F (03) 6211 4955 / 61-3-6211 4955 [email protected] www.collegiate.tas.edu.au The Christ College Trust Trading as: St. Michael's Collegiate School CRICOS Registration No. 00482K

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Mission Statement

Our school is a learning community which welcomes diversity and is shaped by the pursuit of Christian values. We seek the excellence in all of us through a creative and challenging environment that provides an outstanding preparation for today and tomorrow.

Collegiate is a learning community

A new school. A new beginning. What is it that a student new to Collegiate can expect to experience? As I look out from the desk in my study at our magnificent Chinese elm tree which is over one hundred years old I am reminded of our heritage and the strong foundation upon which our School was established in 1892 by the Sisters of the Church. There are girls playing and talking together in the elm which sprawls across the front gardens. All who enter Collegiate can be assured of our mission to help nurture positive relationships based on the inherent worth of all people. Walking through any of our campuses you can see students engaged in a dynamic learning environment where challenges and a diversity of programs are provided. You will see staff who are providing stimulating educational opportunities and fostering a love of learning. We care about our students and aim to provide them with an education that will set them up for life. There is much to read in the information we have provided so please take the time to read it thoroughly and get to know our School.

Robyn Kronenberg Principal

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A challenging learning environment

The School Campuses

Early Learning Centres are operated on two sites. At Anglesea Village the innovative learning centre caters for children from 3 years of age. The Early Learning Centre at Bishop Davies Court in Kingston provides child care and structured learning for children from 3 months to 5 years. This centre offers Australia's first intergenerational care program providing combined activities for residents of the aged care facility and children from the Centre. Anglesea Village, our Junior School in South Hobart set in magnificent grounds with spectacular views over Mount Wellington, provides a stimulating environment in which to nurture children's learning from Kindergarten to Year 4. Boys are enrolled in the Early Learning Centre and Kindergarten. Literacy, Numeracy, Science and SOSE are the basis of the core curriculum with specialist lessons offered in Japanese, Faith and Life, Music, Art, Physical Education and Library. Founder's Hall in Molle Street is a state-of-the-art Middle School for girls in Years 5 to 8. Middle School at Collegiate is based on a philosophy of teaching and learning that is responsive and appropriate to the developmental needs of young adolescents; providing learning opportunities that are rigorous, rich and relevant. The Middle School has been designed with flexible learning spaces including central open areas, larger group areas, small quiet spaces and plenty of glass to connect the spaces. The Senior School is Collegiate's largest campus. It is located on Macquarie Street and only a short walk to Hobart's city centre. Girls from Years 9 to 12 enjoy the tranquility of awardwinning gardens, stately buildings dating back to Collegiate's establishment in 1892, and excellent academic facilities. The campus also boasts a unique state-of-the-art Student Centre, Library, Performing Arts complex, an indoor heated swimming pool and gymnasium. The School's Boarding House is also located on this campus. Ham Common, Collegiate's playing fields, are located in a picturesque setting a short distance from the School. Ham Common accommodates tennis, netball, hockey, cricket, softball, athletics and cross-country, only some of the numerous sporting activities offered by Collegiate. Rowing and other aquatic sports are enjoyed from the Derwent Mercantile Collegiate Rowing Club located five minutes from the Senior Campus, on the banks of the Derwent River.

Boarding House

The Boarding House is home to boarders who come from all parts of Tasmania, interstate and overseas. Boarders are housed on our main campus. Young girls are housed in dormitories where they learn to live with and enjoy the company of others. As they progress through the School they occupy rooms with a smaller number of girls until, by Year 12, each has her own room. Realising it is their home at this important stage in their life's journey, the girls are encouraged to be themselves, to express themselves in their own rooms and common rooms, and to experience an appropriate social life. Care is taken to provide a relaxed but firm atmosphere, where girls are encouraged to be self-reliant, while at the same time showing care and consideration for others.

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Nurturing relationships in a supportive environment

Student Care at Collegiate

Student Care at Collegiate has as its aim the development of the whole person through an excellent pastoral care structure, quality relationships and sound academic care. Student Care is seen as the responsibility of every staff member across the total curriculum. It has been well proven that better academic performance is achieved when students feel happy and safe, relate well to each other, and have high self-esteem and confidence in their own efforts. Our student care aims to ensure that every child is made to feel worthwhile and respected. To achieve effective and meaningful levels of student care at Collegiate each student has a staff member who is the main contact point between home and the School. In the Junior School this person is the Class Teacher, in the Middle School they are the Pastoral Contact and in the Senior School they are the House Mentor. These staff members build the rapport necessary for providing support for the students for whom they are responsible. Relationships based on trust are at the centre of these interactions. In Middle and Senior Schools each student is also a member of a House and has a House Dean. A sense of community and connectedness is nurtured through the House system. All students participate in House activities which range from sport to debating throughout the academic year. Each House has developed its own special character and atmosphere, conventions and customs. The School has developed an integrated program of health education and personal development, and counselling services are available. In younger years, the classroom teacher provides appropriate care, attention and guidance for individual girls.

Entering the School

The happiness and wellbeing of our students are paramount. We charge all of our girls with the responsibility of acting in a warm and welcoming manner to ensure that new girls settle easily into our School. In the junior years, the classroom teachers have the special responsibility for ensuring that each child in their care feels valued. A happy and supportive environment exists, and staff place the wellbeing of students ahead of all else, as it is central to all we do. As an Anglican school strongly grounded in our Christian faith, we nurture the spiritual and emotional aspects of learning. This in turn encourages growth in self-worth and resilience. We have a variety of programs to assist new girls to settle comfortably, which include `Student for a Day' and a comprehensive transition program. Classroom Teachers, Mentors and Pastoral Contacts are assisted in their Student Care responsibilities by the Heads of Schools, the School Counsellor, School Chaplain and Junior School Chaplain. We believe education is a partnership between home and school, and as with all partnerships, effective communication is important. We encourage parents to contact us, and to be actively involved in the life of the school community.

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A contemporary curriculum

Curriculum delivery

Learning commences at age three in our Early Learning Centres at Anglesea Village and Kingston. Specialist teachers provide day care children with kindergarten, ballet, library, music and physical education sessions and interaction with Collegiate's school-aged children provides for an easy transition into a school environment. Classes of Kindergarten to Year 4 offer young students a stimulating curriculum that includes the introduction of another language, an appreciation of art and music and the exploration of science, literacy and mathematics individually tailored to prepare students to enter the middle years of schooling. Middle Schooling caters for girls from Years 5 to 8. This curriculum stage ensures students have a seamless transition from a primary school environment to the complexities of secondary schooling involving multiple teachers and a wider curriculum. The use of Communication and Information Technologies is expanded from Year 5 when each student acquires her own laptop computer. Effective learning relies on the marriage of sound pedagogies and curriculum innovations. The aim in Middle Schooling is to provide a specialised learning environment where learning is meeting the unique academic and social needs of young adolescents. Year 9 is regarded as a special year ­ a transition between Middle Schooling and senior studies. While a traditional core and elective program is offered, students are given many more opportunities to extend their learning abilities through such things as community-based learning projects, cooperative and service learning activities and a challenging outdoor education program. The outdoor education program provides activities involving sea-kayaking, white-water rafting, abseiling, mountain biking, horse riding, sailing and overland treks ­ a unique offering. Senior Schooling, Years 10 to 12, offers numerous pathways towards the Tasmanian Certificate of Education and university entrance. A diverse selection of academic, practical and cultural courses form the curriculum. Vocational education and training programs with national accreditation add alternative opportunities in a number of areas. Our Academic Dean helps all secondary students to make the most appropriate subject and course selections. Students are given every assistance to help them to create a tailor-made learning experience which will lead them into successful post-school options.

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Beyond the classroom ­ today and tomorrow

Many pathways to learning

We believe very strongly in the total development of the whole individual. While our major focus is academic in nature, emphasis is placed on the provision of activities beyond the classroom to encourage girls to learn more about themselves as individuals. We believe that some of our most effective learning is gained through community service, sport, debating, House activities, performing arts and the Collegiate leadership program. Sport is a large part of the Collegiate experience. There is an extensive program offering over 24 sports. While sporting activities are not compulsory, participation is strongly encouraged and we feel there are sporting pursuits for all tastes and interests. In the Expressive Arts some extracurricular enrichment activities include orchestra, bands, choral groups, musical productions, dance ensembles, photography, youth drama groups and life drawing. Leadership and social responsibility are valued at all levels of the School. Opportunities in these areas range from leadership workshops to community service and social justice initiatives. We have developed a wide range of student exchange opportunities in Australia and around the world. Each exchange presents its own unique and exciting learning experiences. Exchanges are available for students in Years 9 to 12 and include schools in the USA, UK, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, France, Japan and Germany.

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A wealth of expertise and a dedication to learning

Our teachers and students together create a community of learning ­ a school dedicated to educational excellence. As a learning community we are committed to helping students achieve individual excellence and personal aspirations. We provide challenges and diversity in all program areas: academic, arts, sports and extracurricular activities. We are strategic in our planning and provision of diverse experiences and unique opportunities to match individual needs. Our teaching staff throughout the school are committed to developing excellence in professional practice. Collegiate is fortunate in the quality and experience of our teachers. Their dedication, passion and commitment helps foster excellence. A well-developed mind, a passion to learn, and the ability to put knowledge to work are the keys to the future. At Collegiate, we strive to inspire within our students this passion for learning, and we believe that the role of the teacher is to help students realise their goals.

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The ability to put knowledge to work

Building e-confidence

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and e-Learning have made a massive contribution to our learning agenda since we first introduced our laptop program in 1994. We led the way then with our innovative programs and we lead the way still. We want all of our students to feel e-confident. We know that ICT can make a significant contribution to teaching and learning across all subject areas, inside and outside the curriculum. It provides the means of motivating and meeting individual learning needs. At Collegiate we can link school and home by providing access to teaching and learning materials, and to assessment and administrative news, from home. We view ICT as a key, integral element of our school curriculum. It enables our students and staff an efficient knowledge management system, it supports our outreach to parents, and it is a powerful medium for transforming teaching and learning. In the years since we began our program we have engaged in continuous professional development for staff, our curriculum resources are largely on-line, digital resources have increased immeasurably and our facilities and resources are impressive. This is only the beginning. We are committed to leading the way.

The next step

Throughout the School, and naturally with more emphasis in the final years of schooling, students are encouraged to consider their next step carefully. Whether that step is straight into a job or into a degree course, girls are given opportunities to consider carefully their interests and abilities, along with their personal values and goals, before making any decisions. Our pathways planning and mentoring program prepares and supports our students for their future. Any girl is welcome to seek individual career counselling with our Academic Dean and parents are encouraged to be involved in these discussions. For those not sure of their direction, individual assessment programs can be arranged, and girls can consult online career, course and job information from the library.

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Developing skills and understanding excellence

Performing and visual arts

In all cultures the Arts provide important ways of expressing and representing emotions, ideas, values and spiritual beliefs. The Expressive Arts curriculum at Collegiate is based on this philosophy, and we believe that exposure to rich and varied artistic pursuits play a vital part in the development of talents and capacities. Students can pursue their interests in the Expressive Arts precinct with its varied facilities. There is for example, a performance theatre, dance studio, graphic design studio, orchestra rehearsal room and many more teaching spaces dedicated to the Arts. The School of Performing Arts enables students with exceptional ability in the arts to augment their academic program with specialist classes in their area of interest. Here their talents are catered for in programs delivered by a team of experts and visiting artists.

Meeting the learning needs of all students

We are not alone in recognising that students of the same age can differ significantly in their learning readiness, learning styles, experiences and interests. Where we do stand alone is in our commitment to students with special learning needs. We believe that there are some students who need a different pace and level of content as well as support to be provided for them within our curriculum, and that is especially true for our gifted students. Based on this philosophy we aim to provide extension, enrichment and differentiated curriculum for all students. We aim to encourage and provide opportunities for each student to discover and attain their full potential. We see the special needs of our gifted students as an integral part of this responsibility. We believe that gifted students have specific learning requirements and these students need to be nurtured to ensure their potential is fully developed. We have specialist teachers in both gifted and support education working within our Enrichment, Differentiation and Gifted Education (EDGE) program.

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Ten reasons to send your daughter to Collegiate

1 Collegiate students are our first and only concern Our school is designed around the needs of girls, providing a safe and secure environment in which girls can live and grow and seek to achieve their own personal ambitions and goals. While we have a wide array of opportunities, we can focus exclusively on the needs of girls, and on helping them become fulfilled young adults ready to take their place in the world. 2 Collegiate students are helped to succeed 3 Collegiate is a Christian school

We are a Christian School following the Anglican Christian tradition. We believe that it is important for students to draw from the values and beliefs of this tradition to develop a strong sense of their own identity, having regard for other human beings, and seeking the welfare of others. We celebrate our Christian faith through worshipping together. We are called to work together for the common good, to work to achieve peace for others, to build a society in which people seek to understand one another and themselves, including a positive regard for differences and diversity. We believe a Christian school should do all in its power to live out this message in its daily endeavours and to hold this as its central mission. 4 We care about and know every student, and we seek to know them better every day Our students are from many cultural, social and geographical backgrounds, and we follow the ideal of the Christian community in which each student learns and grows in an environment of mutual respect and cooperation. We care about each child. Collegiate has two Chaplains and a comprehensive pastoral care system at all levels. Being good general practitioners, classroom teachers refer girls with particular problems to our Counsellor.

All students receive a strong foundation in major academic areas. The curriculum stresses breadth and depth of experience, and is carefully structured from Kindergarten to Year 12. Our purpose as a school is to help students in every way possible to succeed in their chosen field of endeavour. Collegiate encourages academic, creative and sporting challenges, social responsibility, and development of individual potential. Collegiate allows students to be successful by establishing an environment which encourages individual achievement in a social cooperative framework.

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Girls don't have to choose between acting and athletics

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There is a place for everyone

Diversity is a hallmark of Collegiate, with a student body composed of girls from a wide variety of racial, geographic, educational and family backgrounds. Collegiate offers individual students the opportunity to find pride and strength in themselves and each other as friendships and understandings develop. There are many opportunities for all students to achieve success in a range of subjects, and girls are taught in an environment that encourages individual growth and individual academic excellence. The School provides a strong foundation for the girl who seeks to achieve her full potential.

... or between any other extracurricular offerings, for that matter. Our students have a wide variety of interests and abilities, and they are encouraged to pursue as many of them as possible. A student can play the cello, play in the first hockey team and attend classes in jazz ballet; another can swim in the heated indoor pool, paint in the art room and hone her public speaking skills in a debating team. Collegiate girls pursue their potential without being labelled or stereotyped. 6 Collegiate is affordable

The School's Board of Management is committed to keeping fees as low as possible. Moreover, fees are all inclusive ­ there are no hidden extras for camps, excursions, library or laboratory use, and most textbooks can be hired at a fraction of their full cost. A new uniform shop trades at prices as close to cost as possible. 7 Collegiate is easy to get to

10 Collegiate is a community We recognise that today schools such as ours have become the facilitators of networks of communication and trust between individuals, and are an important element of the degree of trust that young people have in society. We value and work to strengthen our shared sense of community as a means of developing our collective social capital. We encourage parents to be active members of this community through the Collegiate Parents' Association, and through the membership of various groups and associations within the School. We welcome the development of this relationship with our parents, with our past students, with all those people associated with the School, from the outside community and from past parents. We seek wide involvement and input to help make the School a real community.

Collegiate is ten minutes walk from the city centre, and one bus ride from most suburbs. A door-todoor bus service is in operation for children from Kindergarten to Year 6. 8 Collegiate caters for country and overseas students with boarding facilities Girls from Years 5 to 12 are accommodated on campus in a comfortable boarding house. Students from many different countries and cultures can be found in the School at any one time.

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