Matilda, slime and St Aloysius

Making alien slime at Space Cadets. (Picture: Supplied)

Carole Levy

Was it launching rockets into space that had the kids so excited about St Aloysius College’s two-day ‘Space Cadets’ event? Maybe it was producing alien slime or building electrical circuits … or learning coding with robots … or 3D printing.

A STEMies School Holiday Program, run by College STEM Leader Andy Lonsdale, ‘Space Cadets’ attracted a crowd of 80 boys and girls aged 9-13, who signed up for two days of madcap fun and hands-on learning around STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) topics over the Easter break.

The next STEMies program swings to forensics, with ‘CSI: Curran Street Investigation’. The kids will use STEM skills to become sleuths and technicians to arrive at answers.

The highly engaging program will run at the College over two days, at 10am-3pm on 28 and 29th June. The cost is $100, it’s bring your own lunch and tickets are available via


Consistently stepping it up in stage productions, the College this year offers the extraordinary “Matilda Jr”. which will thrill audiences over four performances on 22-24 July.

Run by a committed team of College teachers, who collaborate with professional voice coaches, music teachers and choreographers, the “Matilda JR” production will be the culmination of the exceptionally hard work of shining talent, both on and off the stage.

While 35 students will be strutting the boards, behind the scenes the student crew is involved in set design, lighting and other aspects – they’re essentially getting industry experience.

Tickets will be hot, so it’s recommended bookings be made now via

Tickets cost $20 per adult, $10 student/concession and $5 for under 12s.


An emphasis on Mercy Education values and respect for each individual combine with a long tradition of excellence in Catholic education at St Aloysius College.

Building confidence and leadership is another important focus of the all-girls Year 7-12 school, which was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1887.

The College, with more than 50 nationalities among students, has strong links with the workforce and provides quality education through a fully integrated curriculum.

Extracurricular activities are wide ranging, and there’s an Outdoor Education Campus at Torquay.

The College attracts students from Melbourne’s CBD, and western and northern suburbs, with excellent transit links including a bus from Footscray station.

Future peek: St Aloysius is going co-ed in 2023.

St Aloysius College, 31 Curran Street, North Melbourne. Enquiries: 9325 9200 or