There are four houses. Each student is allocated to a house for their entire time at St Paul's as are other members of their family. Whole school sporting and pastoral activities are house based. This promotes interaction and relationship building between students from all year levels.
Embracing the local history of Mildura, of which the Chaffey Brothers are such a vital part, has also become significant to us at St Paul's. Our links as members of the Mildura community, brings with it the sure knowledge that not only did the Brothers set up the facility for irrigation to sustain us, they also ensured that Trusts were set up for the children past, present and future. The strong links with our community, through the philanthropic vision of the Chaffey's, is able to bind us together for the common cause of Education for our children. It is a Trust to be nurtured, known and appreciated by all who benefit from it, bringing with it civic duty and responsibility.
Part of our school grounds is called "JOHN HILL OVAL". John was a member of the first St Paul's School Board. Together with many other parents and Board representatives who laboured long and hard in the school's infancy, John Hill has become a symbol of that work ethic which continues to sustain and support us today. The oval was named in remembrance of him after his sudden death, and is a very visible sign of the tremendous contribution that individuals, as well as groups, make towards the school community. John Hill represents all parents, working together for the welfare of their children at St Paul's and will continue to be a symbol of this uniting partnership of tireless work, in words and deeds. It is a visible statement that Parents form such a vital part of this community.
Monsignor McKenzie, was the Parish Priest of Mildura who arranged for the purchase of the land on which St Paul's is built. He oversaw the initial buildings and then expressed a vision to see a Chapel built on the premises. It has taken many years, but with the persistence of following principals and priests, the dream that Monsignor McKenzie had of providing the school community with its own ‘Sacred Place' is now a reality. The Chapel is a place where the school community gathers regularly for prayer, reflection and liturgy. It has become a spiritual symbol which enriches us all and will continue to serve as such for many years to come.
The Sisters of Mercy were approached by the Bishop of the time, to come to Mildura to supply Catholic Education for children in the area. They were the pioneers who taught in Catholic school before non religious personnel joined them. The Sisters left a legacy not only in the field of education, but they were also guiding lights of extending care to all those in need of any kind. Hopefully this spirit of compassionate service is alive and well in our school community today and serves as an example of a treasure not to be traded in the future.