|St Paul's Primary School, Mildura||
St Paul’s School opened in September 1974 with 180 students and was to become the second catholic school belonging to the Sacred Heart Parish. It was supported by the Sisters of Mercy. Extensions to the original building were made in 1982, 1997 and 2002 with an extension to the Library completed in 2005. A Chapel has been acquired and relocated to our school grounds – a very welcome addition. The St Paul’s Chapel was officially Blessed and opened in March 2006.
2011 saw the completion of a much needed Multi-Purpose Hall Complex, as well as revitalising the school entrance, adding new indoor and outdoor learning areas and provisioning for visiting teachers and parent interviews.
2016 saw the completion of Stage One of our Master Plan with the internal refurbishments in the Foundation and Middle unit to begin with. This was followed by the new staff car park and the new student Pick Up/Drop Off area, which was completed at the end of Term One. 2018 saw the commencement of our Capital Grant project with the replacement of the school roof. This is to be completed in early 2019.
We have a current enrolment of 280 students. St Paul’s currently operates 15 classes consisting of straight and composite groupings. Our student population is drawn from a wide range of multicultural backgrounds. Our school is the most multicultural in our zone with Italian, Jordanian, Samoan, Tongan, Indian, Greek, Egyptian, Korean, Irish, New Zealander, Filipino, Thai, UAE, Vietnamese, Afghani and Indigenous students. Our school is also experiencing a significant increase in the number of students eligible for special needs funding. St Paul’s School draws its enrolments primarily from the surrounding rural and city area. The school is situated at 716 Fourteenth Street adjacent to new housing subdivisions (formerly fruit blocks). This growth will see our enrolments continue to grow. We also draw a number of students from N.S.W. and Irymple.
There are two Catholic Schools in the Sacred Heart Parish of Mildura. Sacred Heart School is at its enrolment peak and currently St Paul’s accepts the excess catholic and non-Catholic enrolments who express a desire to be part of a Catholic School Community.
St Paul’s provides opportunities for the children to discover God’s presence in their daily lives. Within an environment that is Gospel focused, the children are challenged and supported to make connections to their world through the view of Scripture and the faith filled traditions of the Catholic Church.
St Paul’s has a close connection with the Sacred Heart Parish regularly engaging in parish events, whole school and class masses as well as developing a sense of social justice through a number of initiatives supporting Catholic Missions locally and globally.
Our staff are highly qualified and are committed to developing and implementing innovative teaching practices that provide the children with the necessary like skills to live in a contemporary world. We provide support for all our children with a key focus on Well-being. We have a Pastoral Care worker as well as other supports in place to ensure that our children’s needs are met both socially, academically, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
We underpin our Curriculum with the AWAKENINGS document of Religious Education as well as the principles of PLC (Professional Learning Community), RTI (Response to Intervention) and SWPBS (School Wide Positive Behaviour Support).
Our open-plan structure is relatively unique and provides us with the opportunity to structure classes and activities in a creative way. This supports our philosophy of working collaboratively with staff, parents and children in a safe environment.
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