St Patrick's Primary School, Wallsend is a generous school community where both students and staff are keenly aware of the needs of others. Our Catholic identity is the foundation upon which our educational perspective is built. These core values impact upon the total curriculum and extra-curricular life of the school.
All staff at St Patrick's encourage students to aim for academic excellence. We teach this explicitly through the 'You Can Do It' program in which our teachers demonstrate to students the importance of being Organised, Resilient, Persistent, Confident and Getting Along with others. We have also implemented a Positive Behaviour Scheme in which we teach our students how to be safe, respectful and positive learners. We are able to use these skills to achieve our mission as Christians in many varied ways within our community.
There exists a positive relationship between our school and our parish. We assist our wider community through Catholic Mission, the '40 Hour Famine' and World Vision. Each year we encourage our students to gain confidence by entering various competitions. These include the University of New South Wales Competitions across the Key Learning Areas and Newcastle Permanent Building Society Maths Competition for Years 5 and 6.
We also encourage students from Kindergarten to Year 6 to extend themselves in their reading. Many children participate in the MS Readathon and the Premier's Reading Challenge. Children from Kindergarten to Year 2 follow the Wings Reading and Jolly Phonics and SWELL Programs. Students in Years 3 and 4 use the Book Web Plus Reading Program and are extended using the Magic Bean Reading Series. Teachers of Years 5 and 6 have access to the Rigby Reading Scheme.
To extend student confidence in language skills, upper primary participate annually in the Diocesan Debating Competition. Children from Years 2 - 6 also have the opportunity to be selected in our annual Public Speaking Competition and to join our Drama group.
Our mission is to cater for the different talents of our students. St Patrick's is unique in that we have a Creative Thinkers class for students recognised as having special skills in different areas. Areas of investigation have included participation in a 'Catchment Crawl' under the Waterwatch program and entry into the Tournament of the Minds held at the University of Newcastle in which we have been a finalist.
Our musically talented students are able to join our guitar group and school band. Students have the opportunity to represent our school in swimming, athletics and cross country as well as netball, soccer, league, union, AFL, basketball, cricket, hockey, softball, tennis and touch football. Staff and parents work together to ensure a positive, happy and challenging learning environment for the students.
Students of St Patrick's Primary School, Wallsend are encouraged to continue their Catholic education by attending St Pius X High School, Adamstown.