St Patrick's Primary School, Cessnock, aspires to empower and challenge students through the use of innovative teaching practices and wonderful learning environments equipped with modern technology and engaging facilities.
Affiliated with the Sisters of St Joseph who are pioneers of Catholic education in the Cessnock area, the school continues its mission of providing quality education within the context of Catholic faith, where the uniqueness of each individual is nurtured and valued.
St Patrick’s places a high emphasis on physical education participation by all students, encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle. Along with a well-developed internal and external sporting program offering a wide range of team-based sports, each year the school combines with the local PCYC to provide a range of specialist programs for students, including gymnastics.
St Patrick's is a place where the creative and individual talents of each student is greatly appreciated, embraced and encouraged; students have the opportunity to develop, explore and express their creative abilities and potential through music, drama, dance and visual arts.
The school also boasts a Learning Centre for specialised intervention and extension activities. With playing fields and interactive classrooms, the centre caters for a variety of learning opportunities and provides a stimulating and adaptable learning environment for students at the school.
The 'Essential Moves Program' is designed to develop and improve a child's gross motor skills whilst enhancing word recognition and sight vocabulary. Helping to consolidate sensory integration, develop balance, body awareness, eye-hand coordination, rhythm and sequencing, many students have improved academically and socially as a result of the program.
Supported by a dedicated team of volunteers and the Remedial Support Teacher, the 'Swell Reading Program' is based upon an interactive-compensatory model of reading acquisition. The program supports students during their infant years and since being adopted by the school sixteen years ago, there has been an enormous improvement in the reading levels of students.
Parent participation in the school community is strongly encouraged and as a result, St Patrick's has a wonderful band of helpers who come on a regular basis to assist the staff. Through hard work and ensuring that high standards are always maintained, St Patrick's has earned an excellent reputation in the local community.
Students of St Patrick's Primary School, Cessnock, are encouraged to continue their Catholic education by attending St Joseph's College, Lochinvar.