St Michael's School exists to serve the community's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the majority being of Aboriginal descent.
Parents expect their children be well educated so as to aspire to their dreams. The education is based upon the Australian curriculum, equivalent to that taught anywhere else in Australia. However, it also incorporates aspects of Indigenous Cultural Identity and traditions.
Children's attendance ranges between 100-110, due to the effects of a transient group moving to and from the mainland. Pupils' ages range from 4 to 13 years. The children often begin schooling equipped with their own Palm Island English, sometimes without literacy skills relating to Australian Standard English. Children at St Michael's School are positive and curious learners, possessing a certain charisma in their sense of humour and affectionate nature. At St Michael's we strive to develop students talents and skills with constant encouragement to channel these gifts in a productive manner. Students thrive on achievement, while at the same time, may become easily frustrated when mistakes are made. As staff we have high expectation relationships, by providing positive role models to guide them in their growth to become effective decision makers we work to educating the future leaders of Australia.