St Michael's was one of few archdiocesan schools of that time to be established with a totally lay staff. Historically, Religious Orders of priests, nuns or brothers established most schools in the Brisbane Archdiocese up to that time. Religious Orders brought with them a charism, that underpinned the life of a school or other organisation, particularly, the Religious Life of a School. Religious Order schools were also typically single gender schools. The decision was made to use the name of an angel (who have gender) to better encompass students of both genders and St Michael, the Archangel was chosen.
In 2010, a charism committee was formed to discern and embed our charism of St Michael, which reflects the school's special gifts, particular spirit and focused identity. The College used a process for discerning our charism based on a paper entitled “What's a charism and where does my school get one?" delivered by Professor Timothy J Cook Crieghton University, Omaha Nebraska, USA at the 2010 Australia Catholic University Conference in Sydney.
During 2010, the committee met regularly, consulted with the school community and identified that the Charism of St Michael's College should be built around St Michael, patron saint of the College. Six pillars, Respect, Integrity, Protection, Dedication, Justice and Courage provide the framework for our charism of St Michael.
The six Pillars of the Charism of St Michael's are:
Providing a safe environment for all
Therefore we aim to:
Appreciate the dignity of all
Commit to faith, self and community
Stand up for what is right
Be a person of good character and reputation
Be fair to all