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The Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions established St Paul’s Primary School Mt Lawley in 1929. Today it is a vibrant, inner-city, single-stream, co-educational school, comprising of approximately 230 students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6, catering for the families of St Paul’s Parish and surrounding areas.

The School provides a holistic education, embracing the spiritual, intellectual, physical, social and emotional development of students, where both relationships and learning are valued. Central to the School’s Vision is a commitment to Christ-centred education, inspired by the spirit of the founding order of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions and the Gospel teachings of St Paul.

St Paul’s accomplishes its Mission by encouraging children to recognise their uniqueness and self-worth. Pastoral care is given a high priority and students are challenged to strive for excellence and grow in faith, love and hope, with respect for one another. Behaviour management is positive, valuing the dignity of each individual and encouraging the development of self-discipline. To ensure maximum leadership opportunities, the ministries of PE & Sustainability; Library & IT; Events & Music and Christian Leadership are shared among the Year 6 students.

A strong emphasis is placed on the development of independent learning skills and the integration of Information Technology across the curriculum to enhance student learning. All classrooms from Kindy to Year 6 are equipped with interactive whiteboards or TVs. We have continued using iPads throughout the school, with a 1:2 iPads program operating in Years 1 to 3. The children have been reaping the benefits that a range of apps can bring to teaching and learning.

In 2016 we introduced a 1:1 Macbook Program in Year 4. This initiative has proved to be very successful and will now flow onto Year 5 in 2017 and Year 6 in 2018. In 2017 the Year 6 students will participate in a school-funded 1:1 Chromebook program, supplemented with a bank of iPads to allow for increased creative learning opportunities, such as the making of audio-visual projects, interactive posters and slideshows.

Students’ academic needs are addressed through a Whole School Curriculum Plan. After analysing the 2016 NAPLAN and standardised testing data, we have decided that our 2017 Whole School Curriculum Plan will have a Literacy focus on Writing and a Numeracy focus on Mental Computation.

In 2017 we will continue to provide a range of excellent programs, to cater for the individual needs of students through:

  • The Whole School Intervention Program: This program, coordinated by the Literacy Coordinator/Support Teacher, identifies and addresses the needs of children experiencing learning difficulties. The Reading Recovery Program, the MiniLit/MultiLit programs and in-class small group support sessions assist children experiencing reading, writing or maths difficulties.
  • The Extension Program: The school offers a comprehensive extension program to selected students from Years 4-6 to provide them with academic challenges. In 2016, extension students participated in many activities, including:
    • The Junior Robo Cup Competition
    • ‘Have Sum Fun Face to Face’
    • ‘The Tim Winton Writing Competition’
    • Year 5 Academic All Stars Competition
    • Tournament of Minds (TOM)
    • Maths Olympiad Challenges
    • ICAS UNSW Competition
    • Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) Competition
    • SciTech Challenge Day

Students also participate in a range of competitions and festivals, including a regional Interschool Spelling Bee, Speak Up Award, School House and Interschool Sporting Carnivals and the Catholic Schools Performing Arts Festival. Extra-Curricular programs on offer include Music Instrumental Tuition, Netball, Tennis and Active After School Sport Communities.

A further range of learning experiences are offered, such as the Chess Club and Checkmate Interschool Chess Competition, the ‘Write a Book in a Day’ competition, swimming lessons, the Leadership Camp and formal dancing lessons in Year 6.

Specialist programs offered at St Paul’s include Science; Physical Education; Italian; Edudance; Music, including St Paul’s Junior and Senior School Choirs, St Paul’s Liturgical Chorale and St Paul’s Instrumental Ensemble.

St Paul’s Primary School enjoys a strong relationship with St Paul’s Parish. The spirit of community in the School is enriched by the active involvement of parents and the generous assistance of the Parents and Friends (P&F) Association.

The education offered by St Paul’s Primary School, underpinned by Gospel values, encourages students to seek the truth and aspire to our Motto: “From Darkness to Light”, by growing in knowledge from darkness into the light of Christ.

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