St Paul’s Primary School, Gateshead, is a Catholic systemic school in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, catering for students from Kindergarten to Year 6.
At St Paul's, we aim to foster a love of learning in each child by providing a variety of learning activities and opportunities for students to fulfil their potential in all areas of school life. We provide contemporary future thinking education for children from Redhead, Dudley, Whitebridge, Charlestown East, Mount Hutton and Gateshead.
St Paul’s ensure students' learning is of the highest priority. The school is developing as a Culture of Thinking, an approach based on research from Harvard University. Cultures of Thinking are schools where groups and classes, as well as individual thinking is valued, visible, and actively promoted as part of the regular, day-to-day experience of all school members. It promotes the contemporary learning skills of critical and creative thinking.
The school is equipped with interactive whiteboards and touch screen TVs, computers and other electronic devices giving students access to eLearning in many forms. Contemporary learning means St Paul’s students learn using blogs, forums, apps, coding, robotics, and online collaboration and presentation tools. Microsoft Teams and the Google Education Suite are everyday tools for learning. The school has a dedicated green-screen studio!
Student's physical development is paramount as we nurture the ‘whole child’. The school offers a range of sporting opportunities for students to compete at representative level in netball, athletics, rugby league, soccer, cross-country, swimming, tennis, rugby union and touch football. Students also have multiple opportunities to display their sporting talents at local, regional, state, diocesan and national level. The school also offers a learn to swim program in Term 4 for Year 2 students.
All students are encouraged to develop a love of music by joining the school choir or band and showcase their talents at school concerts, musicals, visiting local pre-schools, shopping centres and retirement villages. A specialist music teacher is engaged on a weekly basis and Years 5 and 6 are taught to play the ukulele.
St Paul’s aims to ensure the transition into Kindergarten is a smooth and positive experience for all students. Our comprehensive Kindergarten transition program, ‘Kinder Yaama’, ensures students easily adapt and settle as they move from preschool to primary school. Kinder Yaama gives parents and students the opportunity to visit the school and experience the classroom setting before attending.
Placing a high level of importance on community, students participate in Mini Vinnies, support Catholic Mission and Caritas and join community commemorative services and celebrations such as Anzac Day.
St Paul’s also has a school community veggie garden where students are taught how to plant, fertilise, prune and pick a variety of fresh produce, teaching them gardening skills and how to show respect for the environment and live more sustainably within God’s creation.
A before and after school care service is provided onsite at St Paul’s by St Nicholas OOSH. Care is offered from 6.30am before school until 6pm in the evening. Vacation Care of offered on-site during all school holidays.
Students of St Paul's Primary School, Gateshead are encouraged to continue their Catholic education for Years 7 to 12 by attending St Mary's Catholic College, Gateshead.