St Paul's Primary School
New South Wales, Australia
About St Paul's Primary School
St Paul’s Primary is a Catholic school that provides Kindergarten to Year 6 education for children in the southern part of Charlestown parish in Newcastle, New South Wales. They foster a strong relationship with the local community and the Mackillop Parish, based on the school motto ‘love one another’.
St Paul’s Primary was established in 1964 by the Sisters of Saint Joseph, with Sister Kilian being the school’s first principle and overseeing the education of just 75 students. Now the school has 235 students in its ten class groups.
The school has ten classrooms as well as a computer lab, a library, a full-size basketball court, a specialised learning support centre and a performance stage with professional lighting and sound equipment.
There are also Windows Tablets for teaching in primary classes and iPads for infant’s classes.
St Paul’s Primary aims to develop a respect for learning and positive attitudes for lifelong education through its curriculum, in addition to basic skills such as English literacy, numeracy, problem solving, scientific and technological skills.
Religious education make up a large part of the school’s curriculum, with all grades having formal religious lessons every day. The students also attended a full school liturgy each week where classes are encouraged to participate in by preparing the ‘sacred space’ and dramatizing Gospel readings.
The school's values are inspired by an adage from St Mary Mackillop: 'Never see a need, without doing something about it’. The strive to nurture citizenship amongst its students – with a focus on collaboration, love and respect.