St Paul's Primary School, Rutherford aims to prepare students for success in a vibrant, technology focused and ever-more connected 21st century world.
Located in the Hunter Valley, the school originally opened in 1957 as an infants school and has since grown to 14 classes and services the western suburbs of Telarah, Rutherford and Aberglasslyn.
The school community at St Paul's is vibrant and dynamic, with parents actively involved in the day-to-day education of their children, as well as through the school P&F Association, canteen, and classroom reading helpers.
St Paul's 'child-centred' school curriculum places a strong emphasis on academic progress and caters for the physical, social and emotional needs of all students. The curriculum policies are designed to nurture the individual gifts and talents of each student and encourages excellence in all fields of school education.
St Paul's has a strong history of sporting achievements, offering the ability for students to be involved in representative sport in disciplines such as athletics, swimming, rugby league, union, netball, tennis, soccer and cross country. St Paul’s also offers students experiences in gymnastics and other sports through Sporting Schools.
The school prides itself on the opportunities provided to students to explore their creative talents and abilities. Recent years have seen the establishment of a comprehensively equipped music room, the employment of a specialist music teacher, the opportunity to be a part of the school’s Rock Band program, school choirs and access to specialist instrumental tuition.
Aware of the positive effects that extracurricular activities have on the education of students, the school offers gardening, special interest clubs such as Bey blades, code club, lego building, Tournament of Minds and music. These interest clubs are based on students’ needs and change depending on current trends.
St Paul’s has a strong connection to the local community through the involvement of our Mini Vinnies team in social justice and mission efforts throughout the year. Our school supports the Annual Winter Sleepout, Winter Appeal, Caritas – Project Compassion and visits our local nursing home to provide hospitality and companionship to the elderly residents.
The school’s expert Learning Support Team offer a supportive and enriching environment for all students with a wide range of evidence-based intervention programs provided to support student’s academic, emotional and social development. The team consists of a specialist learning support teacher, psychologist, pastoral care worker, speech pathologist, occupational therapist and learning support assistants.
Students of St Paul's Primary School, Rutherford are encouraged to continue their Catholic education for Years 7 to 12 by attending All Saints' College, Maitland.