St Paul's Primary School, Gateshead, greatly appreciates, embraces and encourages the creative, expressive and individual talents of students from Kindergarten to Year 6.
The school aims 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.
St Paul’s ensure students' learning is the highest priority through the use of literacy and numeracy plans and incorporating intensive reading programs, NAPLAN Testing for Years 3 and 5, an intervention program and parent assistance.
The school is equipped with SMART Boards, computers and other electronic devices giving students access to electronic learning in many forms. Computer education is also integrated into all areas of the basic curriculum with students able to learn through blogs, forums, social media, apps, coding, robotics, online collaboration and presentation tools.
Sport at St Paul’s is recognised as an area of success for students. 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 children 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 employed 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. Their 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 Fair Play OOSH. Care is offered from 7am before school until 6pm in the evening.
Students of St Paul's Primary School, Gateshead, are encouraged to continue their Catholic education by attending St Mary's Catholic College, Gateshead.