St Patrick's is affiliated with the Sisters of St Joseph who are pioneers of Catholic education in the Cessnock area. With their support, 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 aspire to empower and challenge students through innovative teaching practices to become life long learners. St Patrick's core school values of respect and compassion are taught in an atmosphere of love, tolerance and acceptance. Pastoral Care and Welfare Support is provided to many of the students and families. The introduction of the 'Positive Behaviours Program' has had an affirming affect on all the students, where they are constantly praised and rewarded for their behaviour and academic achievements.
The 'Essential Moves Program' is designed to develop and improve children's gross motor skills whilst enhancing word recognition and sight vocabulary. It helps 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.
The 'Swell Reading Program' is based upon an interactive-compensatory model of reading acquisition. The students during their Infant years move through various stages of the program starting with the Emergent Literacy Program and working towards the Literacy Competence Level. This Program was adopted in the school sixteen years ago and the results in reading over the years have shown enormous improvement in the reading levels of students. The Reading Program within the school is supported by the dedication and commitment of the Remedial Support Teacher along with a group of volunteers who come every day through the year. St Patrick's also offers a variety of extra-curricular activities which address the various skills and talents of the students.
Activities include choir, percussion band, chess club, verse and public speaking, debating, leadership programs, netball, rugby league and soccer gala days. The dedication and enthusiasm of the staff allows for students to enter many academic, cultural, social and sporting competitions often with resounding results. A strong focus on Numeracy and Literacy with the integration of learning technology is a major aspect in all curriculum areas. The school is a very well resourced school with Smart Board technology in all teaching and learning areas.
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. St Patrick's has a culture of high expectations nurtured in a warm, caring and enthusiastic learning environment. 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.