At St Paul's we have set up an environment that offers the best conditions for learners moving in and beyond the 21st century. We offer flexible inquiry-based classrooms which are well resourced and technology - right to provide a strong academic program that both meets and exceeds the requirements of the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA).
St Paul's is courageous in providing distinctive curriculum offerings for upskilling our students for the future. We provide flexible learning environments along with inquiry pedagogy to develop 21st Century skills of collaboration, critical thinking and creativity alongside the Australian Curriculum. Christian Studies, from Lutheran Education Australia [LEA], is an inquiry curriculum which also enhances these skills.
The curriculum includes all required learning areas - English, Mathematics, Science, Studies of Society and Environment, History, The Arts, Health and Physical Education, Languages Other than English (Japanese) and Technology - as well as the subjects of Christian Studies and Digital Literacy.
For Christian Studies we use the Christian Studies Curriculum Framework developed by Lutheran Education Australia. This resource is used by all Lutheran schools across Australia.
The curriculum includes:
- An explicit focus on Literacy and Numeracy development.
- Intensive phonics.
- Reading diagnostic development programs.
- Individual goal setting.
- Diagnostic spelling program.
- Deep understanding in Mathematics, emphasizing the proficiencies.
- Differentiation – emphasis on just-in-time learning instead of just because learning.
- Learning extension program [RISE] with an emphasis on a growth mindset.
- ICT and technology enriches the learning environment and supports independent research, publication and learning.
- Extensive infrastructure and equipment to support and enhance the BYO 1 to 1 iPad Program from Year 1 -6. The school provides iPads for Prep.
- E-smart accredited school since 2015.
- Dedicated MAKERSPACE/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Maths) Space.
- Research skills.
- Learning Intentions and Success Criteria promoting explicit focused teaching and learning.
- Wellness school for student and staff wellbeing.
- Buddy Support Program
- Instrumental music program for all Year 3 students – violin program.
- Year 4 – 6 students had the opportunity to compete in inter-school swimming, cross country and athletics competitions. Talented students were able to compete at district, regional, state and national levels. Year 5 – 6 students participated in local Friday afternoon inter-school sport in soccer, netball and touch football.
- Prep – Year 1 students participated in a weekly Perceptual Motor Program to enhance their motor skills and co-ordination.
- Strong values education with Lutheran Education Australia's Lifelong Qualities of Learners.
- Structured pastoral care and student management program which links Christian teaching,
- LQL values and attributes and a whole school Behaviour Education Program based on the ABC Paradigm, Circle Time, Restorative Practices and the High 5 Program.
- Chaplaincy Program.
- Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 Adventure and Challenging Camping.
- Year 5 and 6 Leadership Program.
- Specialist teachers in Music, PE, Library, Japanese and Learning Enrichment [Learning Extension].