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OUR HISTORY

In the late 1970’s the concept of a new Catholic school was born in response to the wishes of parents at St Vincent’s and St Kevin’s Primary schools. Committees were soon formed and St. Michael’s was soon to become a reality with the help of Brisbane Catholic Education Office. Members of the first committee included Fr Charlie Casey PP Surfers Paradise, Mr Mike Streeting, Mrs Beth Newlands and Mr Brian Dunlea.

Mr John Lamb was appointed as the foundation Principal of the College on June 5th 1984, and the College opened its doors on February 4th, 1985 with an enrolment of 76 students in year 8. The school was officially blessed and opened by Archbishop Rush on June 5th, 1985.


Interesting Facts

The first College office was situated at the German Club. in January 1985 John Lamb was appointed as St Michael's Foundation Principal. The first staff meeting taking place on the tenth floor of the Allawah Apartment block on 29th September, 1984, which, coincidentally was the feast day of St Michael.

The first College assembly took place under a tree in the College grounds. The first meeting of parents of Gold Coast Catholic schools was held on July 23rd, 1984 – coincidently, the St Michael’s Ten Year Gala Dinner was held on July 23rd, 1994.

The College Chapel was built in 1988 with generous donations from Parents and Friends of the College. More than $50,000 was raised.

The first senior class graduated in 1989. This was the same year that saw the construction of the present Administration and Staffroom block, S Block and a dedicated library. The initial library was in L Block hence the name.

1990 saw the extensions to the oval and the construction of the terraces. 1991 saw the College student numbers reach 630 students but sadly the College lost a dedicated teacher in Mrs Barbara Chippendale as a result of a car accident.

1992 saw the completion of the covered area, funded by the P&F, and later to be called the “Piazza” by St Michael’s second Principal, Mr Bob White. This area is now known as the MPC and is the venue for all St Michael's events including Opening Mass and Awards Nights.

A College "Beachathon" raised $12,000 to ensure the building of covered walkways around the school.

Mr Bob White was appointed as Principal from the beginning of 1995. The College ovals were expanded to their current area. 1996 saw the change from independent school sport to the larger State school competition.

In 1997, Mrs Dora Luxton was appointed Principal after Mr Bob White’s appointment to St. Mary’s Toowoomba. 1999 saw the completion of the Performing Arts, Weights Room, Catering Kitchen and Alfresco areas.

2002 saw upgrades and refurbishment of Hospitality and the Design Technology area and the establishment of the Air Force Cadet Unit, 232 Squadron.

In 2004, Mrs Luxton was appointed Principal to Assisi College Upper Coomera and Mrs Mary Wallis Principal. Sadly, the College community was rocked with the deaths of Mr Alan Noonan (PE Teacher), Mrs Lynne Dolan (Counsellor) and Mr Peter Williams (former PE Teacher). A memorial garden at the Chapel was established to honour them.

2005 and 2006 – saw extensive grounds improvement –gardens, shade areas, basketball courts. The Student Support Services area was established housing learning support, the counsellor, RBR, Voc Ed and Indigenous Liaison. In 2005 we celebrated our 20th year since foundation. 2007 saw the College reach its highest enrolment to date of 710 students.

In 2010, the 25th Anniversary of the College, Mrs Mary Wallis was appointed to an Area Supervisor position and Mr Michael Laidler appointed Principal. To mark this milestone the time capsule was opened. The College also had a 25th Anniversary Mass combined with the Opening and Blessing of the Multi Purpose Centre (MPC). Building started on the new Resource Centre and 7 GLA's on the Western end of 'A' Block.

In 2014 we lost another dedicated teacher, Mrs Lisa Quatermaine passed away from cancer. She started at the College in 1987 and played an important role in the development of the St Michael's Pillars and College Prayer.

2015 saw in the introduction of Year 7 to high school. To cater for 180 new students a dedicated Year 7 building was constructed on the site of the old Library. 3 extra GLAs were also built under K block. A new Student Services building was constructed at the front of the school. This building houses Learning Support, College Counsellors and VET and Careers.

In 2016 the College received its 6th Principal Mr Michael Nayler who came to us from St Mary's Kingaroy.