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, play group, canteen, classroom reading helpers and library volunteers
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. 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 also 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. Students can also participate in sending letters overseas and learn about globalisation, photography and journalistic work, extended descriptions and biographies, blogs and website designing and digital artworks.
Aware of the positive effects that extracurricular activities have on the education of students, the school offers gardening, worm farming, chicken husbandry, special interest clubs such as Bey blades, stamp collecting, code club, art, lapidary, marbles, music, an in-school radio station and tabloid sports. These interest clubs are based on students’ needs and change depending on current trends.
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 St Joseph's College, Lochinvar.