Principal’s Message

Welcome to the St Paul’s College

St Paul’s College is a Catholic co-educational systemic school, serving the needs of students in the Macleay Valley and surrounding communities, and now extends that high quality Catholic education to members of the Nambucca community and surrounds as well.

The first school on-site was established in 1965 by the Catholic community of the Macleay Valley, and staffed by the Christian Brothers. By 1968, St Paul’s catered for boys from Year 5, to 4th Form.
November 1973 marked the opening of the girls’ school on the eastern side of the boys’ school, run by the Sisters of Mercy. St Paul’s and St Pius X Regional High School (the girl’s school) were administered separately, but shared the library and science facilities.

It reached its final structure in 1980, when the two Catholic high schools at the time amalgamated to form Macleay Regional Catholic High School. However, and in 1985, the school once again reverted to its original name of St Paul’s College and adopted the motto, ‘Let Your Light Shine‘.

Based upon Gospel teachings of dignity, equality, justice, and peace, the College incorporates a system of Pastoral Care existing within a Catholic environment and ethos. St Paul’s invites individuals to share, celebrate, and grow in their faith, emulating Christ in the context of modern times.

For over fifty years, this community has developed young men and women of incredible generosity, resilience, and faith by guiding them through their late childhood, through adolescence, towards adulthood. Many achievements have been celebrated over these past five decades, not the least being the outstanding successes of our graduates in professional, academic, cultural and sporting pursuits.

The College has always sought to create a happy and caring environment, where students and staff are keen to arrive each morning. Staff strive to provide a solid, comprehensive educational foundation by enabling each student to explore their own particular gifts in spiritual, academic, cultural, social, and creative fields.

Faith development and Catholic education is central to the existence of St Paul’s College – The College boasts a very strong Catholic culture with a vibrant prayer life. It is essential that every student participates positively, and actively, in Religious Education, irrespective of their own faith background.

The College community celebrates the main feasts of the liturgical year, and prayer is celebrated in small class groups, as year groups, and as a whole school. The College also participates in Parish liturgical celebrations, by playing an active role in rostering House groups to assist in Sunday Mass.
In addition to faith development, the College offers a formal Religious Education curriculum, from Year 7, through to Year 12.

The College staff operates as a Professional Learning Community where collaboration and professional sharing is central to the education of our young people. Students are at the centre of our planning and delivery of curriculum, which is deep and holistic in nature allowing students to target their learning to areas of strength, especially in the latter years, allowing their light to shine.

Ultimately then, our success is not measured just in results, but in employment outcomes, social skills, community mindedness, generosity of spirit and a desire to share and foster love in the community.

Principal – Mr Kevin Lewis