Pastoral Care

At St Michael's College, the foundations of our Mission Statement and the 6 pillars of the Christ centred Charism of St Michael: Protection – Respect – Integrity – Dedication - Justice – Courage underpin our Pastoral Care framework.

In all of our community interactions, we endeavour, by our actions, to live out our motto in being a friendly learning Catholic community.

As a community that fosters care, faith and learning, we are at all times focused on the needs of all members of the College community and we seek to nurture and develop the potential of all students.

It is an expectation that the College and Parents/Carers work in partnership in supporting the intents of our Behaviour Support and Pastoral Care framework and hence, the following points are integral to our framework:

  • The St Michael's College Behaviour Support Framework when action employs the principles of restorative justice and the fostering of right relationships.
  • There is and acceptance within our school community of the fact that young people will make mistakes or decisions from time to time which are in breach of College expectations.
  • We instil in our students an acceptance that people and right relationships can be harmed or adversely affected by their actions or decisions.
  • We insist that our students accept that there will be consequences in the event of their harming relationships.
  • The delivery of any behaviour support consequence will be fair and equitable, issues with a view to procedural fairness and in accordance with the Brisbane Catholic Education Office Behaviour Support Guidelines.
  • Each student will be involved in the restorative phase in taking ownership of their actions and their impact on 'the other person'. This phase of restoration requires all parties to engage in a structured process of reconciliation.
  • At all times, students will be provided with the opportunity to explore a wide range of self management strategies to restore relationships and move forward having gained learning for their negative actions.
​In accordance with our proud Catholic tradition, students and teachers are asked to work daily in relationships founded on mutual respect, tolerance and the God given virtue forgiveness.​



All students enrolled at St Michael's College are allocated to one of the four Houses, and they are expected to develop an allegiance to and compete for the House during their years at the College.

Our Christian vocation demands that we care for the sick, the poor, and the oppressed. Social justice invites us to not only care, but to ask the difficult questions of justice and seek answers. "Why are you sick?" "Why are you poor?" "Why are you oppressed?"

This year at St Michael's, each House will work with their Pastoral Coordinator and Pastoral Teachers on a special social justice project. It is our hope that every member of our community will have had an experience of social justice during the year. It is possible to participate in any number of ways: with prayer. thought, awareness, discussion, money and your time.


Dr Owen Oxenham was Parish Priest for Surfers Paradise from May 1983 to July 1986. He was responsible for the relocation of the St Vincent's complex in Surfers to the Sacred Heart complete in Clear Island Waters. Father was a great support in the initial stages of St Michael's College in early 1984, and was strongly behind the College and College Administration in the first two years of the life of the school. He died on the 26th of November 1991.

Oxenham's house colour is blue and in Term1 the house raises money for CARITAS.


St Mary of the Cross is an Australian who founded the Sisters of St Joseph (Josephites) in South Australia in 1866, and brought the Order to Queensland four years later. She founded schools, an orphanage, a shelter for single women and homes for the aged. The Josephite Sisters have been very active in education over the past century and continue to teach in schools today particularly in regional areas. Mary MacKillop is the first Australian Saint canonised on October 17th 2010.

MacKillop's house colour is red and in Term 2 the house raised money for Rosies providing much needed goods for the homeless.


Father Brendan (Barney) O'Shea was the Director of Catholic Education for 34 years in the Brisbane Archdiocese. He saw the amazing change from Catholic Education run by Priests, Brothers and Sisters to new Colleges such as St Michael's staffed and administered entirely by lay people. He also saw the change from single sex schools to co-educational schools. Father O'Shea was instrumental in the preparation and Planning of ST Michael's in the early 1980's.

O'Shea wear the colour yellow and in Term 3 raise money for the School of St Jude's in Tanzania.


Father Sannon was the Parish Priest of Surfers Paradise from 1946 for 32 years. He was a holy man who vigorously upheld the virtues and practices of the true Catholic faith. He is highly regarded by the people of the Coast, and he saw the Catholic Church on the Coast through a long period of emerging tourism. He died in November 1978.

Shannon's house colour is green and in Term 4 the house raises money for St Vincent De Paul.