St Paul's is organised from Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6, with two classes each year level. Class numbers are capped at 26 (Prep) and 28 (Years 1 to 6). If St Paul's runs a composite class in any particular calendar year, this class is capped at 20. Each class has its own specific room and class teacher. Teachers plan their term's and year's work collaboratively within each grade level. Teachers may also choose to exchange classes for minor subject specialisation.
Our Head of Teaching and Learning, Mrs Libby Sansome, researches and directs the teaching and learning program in the school to ensure best practice. The key elements of the curriculum are Literacy, Numeracy, Christian Studies and Integrated Studies. The latter involves teachers developing units of work that integrates the arts, sciences, history and geography around a single theme.
At St Paul's, the educational philosophy underlying our class organisation for each year is based on:
- teaching to need rather than to an age or grade level;
- team work;
- using grouping strategies for a range of purposes;
- developing a broad repertoire of open-ended activities;
- organisation and predictable routines;
- informing and involving parents;
- planning and record keeping at each year level; and
- developing a sense of community.
School Chapel is held for the Junior School (Years Prep to 2) each Wednesday morning at 8.35am, in St Paul's Lutheran Church, which is adjacent to the School Administration building. Senior Chapel (Years 3 to 6) is held at 9.05am on Wednesdays. Pastor Vince Gerhardy conducts the worship. All parents and family are welcome to attend Chapel at these times.
In addition to this, the curriculum at St Paul's is supported by a variety of programs which include:
- specialist teachers in Library, Robotics, Music, Japanese and Physical Education
- Intensive phonics through the Spaulding-based LEM program
- Learning Connection gross and fine motor development
- Values education through the You Can Do It! program and through Christian Studies
- Swimming instruction in Prep to Year 6
- Inter-school sports competitions in Years 4 to 6
- a Buddy Support program
- a Learning Enrichment team that offers support and assistance for those who are struggling, as well as providing opportunities to extend learning experiences in those students who have the potential to do more
- a formal homework, assessment and reporting program.