With the enrolment of boys a football team was set up at St. Michael’s because football is the most popular sport among the male population and even becoming increasingly popular among girls. Since then the boys’ team has competed successfully in district tournaments, where the different school teams of Paderborn compete against each other.
Volleyball is also a popular sport in Germany. Almost every school has their own volleyball team and so does St. Michael’s. Any student of the school who wants to play can join the team and lead their team to victory in district volleyball tournaments against other local schools. The St. Michaels School has always done remarkably well during this competition.
Students learning French can take an internationally recognized diploma, which can serve as a great benefit in job or university applications.
DELF, Diplôme d'études en langue française, is an official French-language diploma awarded by France's Ministry of National Education. It is recognized around the world and is valid for an unlimited period of time.
The DELF diploma is assessed in six reference levels according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, a guideline used to describe achievements of learners of foreign languages across Europe. The CEFR ranges from beginners level (A1 and A2) via advanced knowledge (B1 and B2) to proficiency (C1 and C2). At St. Michaels’ school students in grade nine have the opportunity to sit the exam in level A2. In grade ten they can take the exam in level B1, and in eleventh grade they can pass the text in level B2. The exam comprises written comprehension, oral comprehension, written expression and oral expression, no matter which level is tested. At St. Michael’s the children receive an excellent preparation for the diploma, performed by two native speakers. There are hardly any failures.
Students at St. Michael’s can also take part in an international mathematics competition, the so-called Kangaroo competition. It is a multiple-choice test with round about 6 million participants in over 60 countries. The test takes place in every participating country each year in March and is carried out in the students’ school. The aim of this competition is to boost education in mathematics in schools all over the world and to increase joy and fun in this subject. The duration of the test is 75 minutes, in which the students have to complete 30 different exercises.
F1 in Schools
Formula 1 in schools is a multidisciplinary, international technology competition, where students aged 11 to 19 develop a miniature F1 car on a computer, manufacture it, and then have it compete in a race. The goal is to use the fascination Formula 1 generates to offer the students an excellent way to learn about technology.
The Big Challenge is an English competition in Europe for students from grade 5 till 9. It takes place each year in May and is a multiple-choice test, where the students have to find the correct answers out of 4 possible options. The competition comprises 54 questions about English grammar, vocabulary, applied geography and pronunciation. Each student has to pay an attendance fee of 3.50 €. The purpose of this competition is to give the students an incentive to increase their English skills.