St Paul's Catholic College
New South Wales, Australia
About St Paul's Catholic College
St Paul’s High School is a co-educational, non-selective, Roman Catholic, independent day school serving students from Years 7 to 12. The secondary school is located in Booragul, Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, and has approximately 950 pupils on its roll.
Established by the Catholic Church Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle in 1984, the school was upgraded over the past decade with new buildings. Students are mainly taken from six nearby Catholic primary schools as well as from local government schools.
St Paul’s High School has four seminar rooms, a computer room, a science laboratory, multi-purpose hall, two music rooms and IT facilities in every classroom. The school recently built a commercial-quality kitchen and workshops for construction classes. In 2015 it opened a new library and technology hub, along with seven new classrooms.
The school teaches pupils in all secondary years but has a particular focus on the final two senior years. It has a gifted and talented coordinator who promotes activities including mock trials, public speaking, engineering challenges and competitions in writing, maths and science. Students are offered language classes and cultural experiences in Japanese and French. The school hosts two visual art shows each year as well as concert band performances and music and drama nights. Students are offered a range of sporting activities including surfing and walking on top of more traditional sports.
St Paul's High School aims to provide a welcoming environment where students can develop their skills to the best of their abilities. The Catholic school places an emphasis on pastoral care of students as well as academic results. “Our mission is to strive to acknowledge the self worth and dignity of all of our community members - students, staff, parents, clergy and the wider community,” the principal says.