St Patrick's Primary School, Swansea, endeavours to provide students with an enriched educational and caring environment with a focus on meeting the individual learning needs of each student. This is inspired by the school’s faith and the aim for each person to reach their full potential in body, mind, heart and spirit.
St Patrick's was founded by the Sisters of St Joseph in 1952. The school’s staff is committed to creating and fostering a caring community where students, staff and parents work together in mutual support and respect. It is this community aspect of the faith shared that sets the tone of St Patrick’s. The school’s Vision Statement reflects this commitment: “St Patrick's is a place of quality education, opportunity and growth. In a community of faith and love, we bring out the best in one another”.
In 2006, the school was completely rebuilt as a school equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. Technology is a vital tool in the delivery of the school curriculum. Following in 2010, a school hall was built which is used extensively for educational programs, assemblies, concerts and social functions. A team of dedicated teachers and support staff provide opportunities for all students to succeed by catering for the needs of each and every child.
Positive Behaviour for Learning (PBL) is a school-wide behaviour initiative which was implemented at St Patrick’s in 2012. It employs a whole school systems approach to addressing problem behaviour and to reduce its effects on student outcomes and on the school community as a whole. PBL encourages positive behaviour from students which has been shown to improve their self-concept and motivation to learn.
The student leadership program aims to provide opportunities for students to play a significant and effective role in the decision making processes of the school, and to ensure that student leaders are positive role models for other students.
St Patrick’s also offers the Seasons for Growth program, a program for children who have experienced significant change or loss. The students who enrol in the program examine the impact of changes such as death, separation and divorce upon their lives, and they explore how they can learn to live with and grow from these experiences.
The students of St Patrick’s have a very special relationship with the residents of two local residential aged care facilities. During their regular visits to these elderly residents, the students enjoy the opportunity to talk, to share their school work and to entertain the residents.
St Patrick’s also has a very successful recycling program. With no garbage bins on the playground, the students place all of their lunch scraps and rubbish into their lunch boxes to take home. This program saves the school a great deal of time and money, and it is an environmentally responsible way of managing waste. It also allows parents to see exactly what their children are eating and/or not eating.
Students of St Patrick's Primary School, Swansea, are encouraged to continue their Catholic education by attending St. Mary's High School, Gateshead.