St Kevin’s Primary School, Cardiff, is a boutique school on Main Road that offers small class sizes with experienced and dedicated staff. The school prioritises 21st Century learning and is fully equipped with wireless internet and up-to-date technology.
St Kevin’s originally opened as St Joseph’s Primary School in 1917, and was staffed by the Sisters of St Joseph. The school enrolment at that time was 70 students. New buildings were erected in 1943 and extensions were added in 1969 and 1992. In 1989, the school changed its name to St Kevin’s in keeping with the other Parish buildings. In 2009, a new school hall was built, and in 2015, renovations at the school were completed, creating modern classroom learning spaces which assist the dedicated and experienced staff in their commitment to the academic, social and faith development of every child.
St Kevin’s provides opportunities for all students to work and achieve at their level. Students participate in Tournament of the Minds, Science and Engineering days, Leadership forums, various sporting events and the school has an active band and choir. Also provided are opportunities for students to engage in Robotics, chess clubs, ICT (Information and Computer Technology) lessons, craft groups, Mini Vinnies and the bi-annual whole school musical. St Kevin’s senior classes attend school camps, and also have the opportunity to visit Canberra and experience its many cultural and educational facilities.
Strong NAPLAN results and success in external competitions reflect the school’s quality teaching and learning program. St Kevin’s has a Gifted and Talented program targeting both Literacy and Numeracy. The school also caters for the needs of students who may find the areas of literacy and numeracy a struggle, through Mini-Lit which is an evidence-based, effective early literacy program, together with effective and timely response to intervention procedures and policy.
In 2015, Kids Matter was re-launched, focusing on the wellbeing of students, parents and staff, and 2016 has seen the introduction of the Bounceback program, aimed at providing students with skills in the areas of resilience and well-being.
St Kevin’s parents form an integral part of the school community. Parents assist with the running of the uniform shop, school canteen, fundraising and school sporting carnivals. Parents and grandparents also assist in the classrooms with reading and craft activities. Parents are also welcome to accompany classes on various excursions throughout the year. To stay up-to-date with regular alerts, newsletters and constant communication between school and home, download the free Skoolbag St Kevin’s Primary Cardiff app.
At the heart of the school is the school motto "Caritas" – a word that means sharing, caring and love. St Kevin’s proudly state in its Mission statement that "St Kevin's educate in the faith tradition of the Catholic Church, acknowledging the dignity and nurturing the potential of each person within the context of community".
St Kevin’s value close ties with the All Saints Blackbutt South Parish and hold regular school community liturgies and Masses in the St Kevin's Church. The school embraces "Making Jesus Real" and encourages the Spirit of Jesus in the school’s everyday interactions. St Kevin’s is held in high esteem within the wider community, supporting and participating in a variety of local community events.
Students of St Kevin's Primary School, Cardiff are encouraged to continue their Catholic education by attending St Paul's High School, Booragul.