St Paul's Primary School, Rutherford is located in the Hunter Valley, within 10 kilometres of Maitland and forty kilometres from Newcastle. Originally opened in 1957 as an infants school, St Paul's has grown to 14 classes and services the western suburbs of Telarah, Rutherford and Aberglasslyn. The socio-demographic of the population has been defined as, 'fairly typical of developing urban fringe areas, comprising established young families who are relatively time poor and thus require conveniently located facilities'.
The core values of the school are under-pinned by the school's vision which states, 'We strive to reach our unique potential in an inclusive, compassionate, Catholic community enlivened with hope and self-belief'. Flowing from this and central to the school's being, is the belief in the welfare and pastoral care of St Paul's students, based on the message of the Gospel.
The school motto, 'Stand Firm in Faith' was chosen as a sign to all that the school community of St Paul's Primary School has the highest ideals in the tradition of St Paul and is centred on the faith of the living Gospel.
The school badge depicting the Mercy Heritage, St Paul's journey, the foundation of the Gospel and the saving power of Christ was created in 1992. The school achieves its mission by providing opportunities for all individuals to develop their own personal relationship with God within an environment that has the Catholic faith at its centre; working with children and members of our school community justly, fairly and compassionately on an individual basis; striving to encourage excellence in all fields of school education in accordance with each student's gift and capabilities; supporting the family as the basis of the educational process and promoting the partnership of home, parish and school; promoting a safe and secure environment for the whole school community and creating an environment where teachers are recognised as professionals.
The St Paul's school curriculum can be truly described as 'child-centred' with a strong emphasis on academic progress and catering for the physical, social and emotional needs of students. The curriculum policies are designed to nurture the individual gifts and talents of students. St Paul's also have a strong history of sporting achievements. Representative sport in disciplines such as athletics, swimming, rugby league, union, netball, tennis, soccer, cross country and many others continue to be a feature of the school. The St Paul's community are also part of the 'Good For Kids' program which encourages and teaches students to lead an active and healthy lifestyle.
The school community at St Paul's is vibrant and dynamic with numerous avenues for parents to be involved in the day to day education of their children, as well as through the school P&F Association, play group, canteen, classroom reading helpers and library volunteers. St Paul's has a full time Learning Support Teacher who looks after the learning of all students, especially those students who need special consideration or enrichment. St Paul's is also fortunate to have a Pastoral Care Worker who works closely with families and students.
Students of St Paul's Primary School, Rutherford are encouraged to continue their Catholic education by attending St Joseph's College, Lochinvar.