St. Michael’s College School is known for its ability to deliver an excellent Catholic academic programme and to prepare students for success in a variety of future endeavours. Concurrent with the academic programmes are the co-curricular expectations of the school.
Students who participate in the school’s pronounced co-curricular programme acquire skills, habits and insight that have both immediate and long-term benefits. Participation in the co-curricular activities is an important part of every student’s life at St. Michael’s.
It is our expectation that students graduating from St. Michael’s have not only the requisite credits for successful university admission, but also sufficient ‘Graduation M’ points to receive the Graduation M Award at the June convocation. This prestigious recognition of achievement will be awarded to each student who attains 32 Graduation Points during his four years at St. Michael’s. At the beginning of May each year, graduating students will receive the appropriate “Grad M” forms. These forms are to be completed and submitted with appropriate staff confirmation to the Activity Coordinator's office by the date determined each year.
A review of each student’s submission will then be conducted to ensure fairness and authenticity. There are three areas in which students must obtain credit, each of which helps students develop important skills, responsibilities and attitudes. Students are encouraged to distribute their time accordingly. A student may only receive a maximum 20 credits from one area and he must receive at least six credits in each of the other two areas.
The three areas are:
- Clubs and Activities
- Service (For the purpose of the “Grad M”, service is defined as a volunteer activity which supports the SMCS community.)
The activities are divided into three levels and points are distributed according to the hours of participation. Teachers and moderators assign points based on the student’s level of participation.
Level 1: Activities that require at least 40 hours or more of participation. Students can earn up to a maximum of six credits per activity per year.
Level 2: Activities that require at least 20 hours of participation but less than 40 hours. Students can earn up to a maximum of three credits per activity per year.
Level 3: Activities that require at least 10 hours of participation. Students can earn one credit per activity per year.