St Paul's Primary School, Gateshead, offers a variety of learning activities across all key learning areas, catering to the diversity of abilities within each grade.
The school is a community of faith, living and teaching gospel values, developing excellence in individuals while providing safety, support and a sense of belonging as we look towards the future. This mission underpins all that is planned, undertaken and achieved at St Paul's. As well as providing students with knowledge about the traditions and practices of the Catholic Church, children are actively encouraged and supported to value the spiritual dimension in their lives.
The emphasis on values education has created a united community that continually encourages mutual respect and appreciation, as its members learn and grow in faith, love and active ministry. Literacy and Numeracy Plans incorporating intensive reading programs, NAPLAN Testing for Years 3 and 5, an intervention program and parent assistance in both literacy and mathematics all ensure students' learning is our highest priority.
A Teaching and Learning Centre also addresses a variety of learning needs. Computer education is integrated into all areas of the basic curriculum. Each classroom has its own smartboard while the library and computer laboratory have a network of computers providing access to electronic learning in many forms.
Formal homework has been reviewed and a new Home Activities Program introduced. This allows students to work with their parents on selected activities as well as access suggested websites to improve a targeted area of learning.
St Paul's offers students a variety of opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities. Sport, in particular, is an area of success. Both senior and junior football teams have been declared winners at a local level with the senior team going on to be state champions in their age division. A music teacher is employed on a weekly basis, and a school musical involving every student is a bi-annual highlight. Students in Year 5 are taught the guitar and both this group and the choir perform at local and community events. Numerous awards have been won for outstanding performances.
St Paul's provides programs and activities that challenge all children to fulfil their potential in all areas. The school aims to foster a love of learning and provide opportunities for students to take responsibility for their own learning behaviours. Staff, students and parents working together ensure that a cohesive, supportive and successful learning environment is maintained.
Students of St Paul's Primary School Gateshead are encouraged to continue their Catholic education by attending St. Mary's High School, Gateshead.