FAQ - St Michael and All Angels Church School, Christchurch, NZ

FAQ (frequently asked questions):

What kind of facilities does St Michael's offer?

In 2006 the School completed a four stage building programme. This has given our School new ablution, administration, classroom and specialists teaching facilities. Rooms are attractively maintained, well heated in winter and all carpeted. We maintain a well stocked library, and pupils have regular use of  the historic School Hall and St Michael and All Angels Church for School Masses.

The Junior School enjoys an adventure playground in the centre of the complex. Middle and Senior School pupils have a variety of play areas including the paved area visible from Durham Street and other grassed areas. We are also very fortunate to have Hagley Park on our doorstep for sports.

What support is there for children with learning needs?

Remedial work is provided, where possible, for pupils who have a particular need.

What sort of opportunities are there for parents to be involved?

The PTFA (Parent, Teacher and Friends Association) plays an important part in the life of the School. The PFTA provides opportunity for an array of events for our School Family.

The PTFA provides a large amount of equipment used in the School, both in classrooms and in outdoor activities. A large proportion of the computer hardware has been supplied through their efforts, and provision of sports equipment is an ongoing commitment. In  2002 and 2004 for example our PFTA staged auctions which realised about $30,000 which was utilised for new classroom equipment.

All families are encouraged to belong to the PFTA, as are ex pupils.

Does the School have a uniform?

The St Michael's School Uniform is compulsory, and children are expected to be tidily presented at all times. Items of clothing may be purchased from J Ballantyne & Co. and some items are available second hand through the PFTA and stored at School. Printed sports shirts and sunhats are available only at the School.

Dates for changing form summer to winter uniform are published in the School Calendar each term/ year.

Blazers are worn at all times to and from School or when groups are in public. Dress or formal uniform is required for all formal occasions, and notice of these events is given.

Detailed, updated lists of uniform, requirements for boys and girls are available at the School office.

What provision is there for after school care?

An after School Care and Homework Centre is available for pupils of the School until 5.30 pm, on School days. This is charged on an hourly rate and bookings are made through the School Office.