Welcome to the St Paul’s Catholic College Website. I hope that you enjoy exploring the site and that you are able to get a real sense of our College.
St Paul’s Catholic College is a co-educational Catholic school of approximately 950 students offering a comprehensive curriculum for Years 7 to 12. It is the mission of the college to be inspired by, and live out, Gospel values as we educate young men and women to use their gifts to make our world a better place for all. With its Catholic identity as its foundation, the school seeks to promote these Gospel values through all aspects of the life of the school.
The College is situated at Booragul in a peaceful lakeside setting, just 20 km from Newcastle NSW, and provides secondary education for students from the parishes of Morisset, Toronto, Booragul, Boolaroo/Warners Bay, Sugarloaf and Cardiff.
Established by the Diocese in 1984, the College enjoys a young, energetic, engaging tradition. A feature of this tradition is the high importance placed on the pastoral care of students, the desire to provide many opportunities for students to shine and the culture of expectation that ensures quality academic results.
Substantial government and diocesan assistance has enabled the staged development of the college. Stage II was completed at the beginning of Term 2 1985, and marked the completion of the specialist facilities. Stage III was completed mid 1987 and consisted of an administration complex including staff facilities and the first of the permanent classrooms. The Year 1994 saw the completion of the permanent library and its official opening.
With the implementation of the Senior Years there were major capital works developments. In 2000 an additional classroom wing (with general classrooms, seminar rooms, information technology room and science laboratories) was built and Holland Court (Senior Courtyard) developed.
Over 2001/2002 extensions to the staff room, major extensions and refurbishment of the administration complex and doubling of the library were implemented. As well two major additions with a classroom wing and the building of a multi-purpose hall occurred. The classroom wing consisted of four general classrooms, two seminar rooms, a music complex and a new canteen. With substantial parent support, we were able to utilise a grant for Performing Arts to build our multi-purpose hall.
Continued development of college facilities allows students to access a high quality education. Ongoing renewal of IT facilities and construction of a large new covered outdoor sports/assembly area in 2009 (Moncrieff Shelter) are recent initiatives along with the development of a comprehensive site Master-plan. In 2012 the new Trade Training Facilities were opened. These consisted of a Hospitality and Function Centre along with a Construction facility. In 2014, a new Library/Information Technology Centre will be constructed with seven new classrooms. In 2018, we have completed our new Administration wing, classroom block, staff facility and the St Paul’s Chapel. The college developments over the past 6 years have truly made this college state of the art and one of the most advanced school environments in the Greater Newcastle region. This is the same year that we have renamed St Paul’s High School to Catholic College.
Senior education at St Paul’s has emerged from a particular vision for Years 11 and 12. It is the desire of St Paul’s to offer a quality senior experience in the context of a candidature and in the framework of a Year 7 to 12 community. The education of senior students has as its focus the maturation of a student into young adulthood in the context of creating a meaningful and productive move into post-secondary school life. The provision of a curriculum suited to this purpose, the reality of a culture of strong support, and the advantages of continuity across Years 7-12 are the key features that bring this vision into reality.
The College possesses a strong culture of success, a high level of expectation and a passionate commitment to the support of its students. Senior students have the advantage of developing independently and strongly as senior students, as well as modelling leadership and direction for the whole school community. Quality teaching and Learning is the core of our community. Excellent HSC, ROSA and NAPLAN results affirms the strength of curriculum initiatives. This combined with ongoing dedication to co-curricular activities in the areas of performing arts, sport, community involvement, Duke of Edinburgh and World Challenge Immersion Programs assures students of a well-rounded and challenging education environment. Our staff go above and beyond to help our students achieve the best outcomes that they can achieve.
Our Strategic Plan 2018-2022 informs or direction for the next five years. The plan, developed in conjunction with the Maitland Newcastle Catholic Schools Office, the staff of the college and our parent community has a strong focus on educational excellence, quality community relationships and wellbeing, improvement of our facilities and importantly, the continued growth and development of our Catholic Identity.
I welcome you to St Paul’s Catholic College and I hope that the information that you see in these pages helps to give you a real sense of who we are.
In the words of St Paul – "You’re welcome here, whoever you are."