At St Paul’s, we support every student to develop into young adults with wisdom, integrity, compassion and respect, who take responsibility for their own learning and have concern for others. We miss them when they leave, but take pride in knowing that they’re ready to make a positive impact on the world.
Our students’ wellbeing and their level of academic engagement are our main focus. We cultivate a safe, caring environment where each student is mentored to achieve their personal best.
We are known for creating a sense of belonging within our students and staff – they thrive in an inclusive, friendly and caring environment. Students benefit from timetabled pastoral care through Mentor Groups and our Mentors and Heads of Year monitor the ongoing and dynamic needs of students in their care, working together to foster a productive and enjoyable learning experience.
Every student has access to a range of staff for support, including counsellors/psychologists and Chaplains, providing guidance and balance for our students to grow, both as learners and as individuals. We understand that a student’s wellbeing can vary over time and our program offers flexibility to meet those unique needs as they arise.
Our house structure enables students to form cross-peer networks in a wide range of cultural, spiritual and sporting activities that build their social skills and create shared experiences that often lead to lifelong friendships.
At Secondary School, the curriculum is designed with our students’ futures in mind and with the understanding that communication, problem-solving, creativity, critical thinking and collaboration are critical skills in the modern world.
Informed by the Australian Curriculum, our core subjects are complemented by an extensive suite of unique cross-disciplinary elective subjects which have been developed to provide the necessary breadth, depth and relevance.
St Paul’s students benefit from the high expectations that exist in a culture of excellence, and our educators share a strong rapport and connection with students. Our teachers are experts in content and research-informed practice and have the capacity to inspire, challenge, engage and nurture young people and provide timely, constructive, motivational feedback – leading to regular opportunities for student reflection and meaningful goal setting.
Learning programs are personalised to uncover and extend students’ individual strengths and passions, and to recognise the unique and changing social, emotional and educational needs of each student. This enables flexibility to cater for student choice and abundant opportunities for individual success and recognition in their personal learning journey.
St Paul’s offers many activities beyond the classroom and we strongly encourage students to participate. Being part of a co-curricular activity provides an opportunity to make new friends, learn and practise skills in a particular area and spend time with like-minded peers.
The main aim is for students to embrace all aspects of school life and make the most of opportunities.
Activities and competitions are subject to change, may be based on student numbers, may run every two years, or be deferred during periods of learning at home.
- Art Club
- Chess Club
- Debating (Debaters Association of Victoria)
- House Cultural Festival
- Public Speaking
- SEISA Cultural Festival
- Sustainability Student Group
- Team Timor
- East Timor Service Tour
- Japanese Study Tour
- Rwanda Service Tour
- World Challenge
- Athlete Development Program (acceptance based on criteria)
- Elite Sports Performers Program (acceptance based on criteria)
- House Carnivals: Athletics, Cross Country, Swimming
- House Tug of War
- Snow Sports
- Sport Aerobics
- Nationals Basketball
- SEISA Athletics
- SEISA Badminton
- SEISA Basketball
- SEISA AFL
- SEISA Cricket
- SEISA Cross Country
- SEISA Hockey
- SEISA Netball
- SEISA Soccer
- SEISA Surfing
- SEISA Swimming
- SEISA Table Tennis
- SEISA Tennis
- SEISA Volleyball
- Victorian All Schools Swimming Championships
- Centrepiece Concert
- Ceremonial Collective
- Chamber Choir
- Codetta Concert
- Community Strings
- Concert Band
- Drama Ensemble
- Drum Battery
- Jazz Combo
- Kammer Konzert (Academy of Music)
- Kapelle Konzert (Academy of Music)
- Scholarships Holders’ Concert
- Studio Concerts
- Saxophone Choir
- Secondary School Musical
- SEISA Dance
- SEISA Music Festival
- SEISA Theatre Sports
- St Paul’s Academy of Music (subject to auditions)
- Soul Band
- String Orchestra
- Mount Gambier Generations in Jazz
- Latrobe Valley Eisteddfod
- West Gippsland Eisteddfod
We take pride in watching our students become confident, articulate, resourceful and committed young adults capable of contributing to the wider community. As they progress through secondary school, their skills and understanding are honed through a range of leadership, service and fundraising efforts.
- Co-curricular Captain
- Community Ambassador or Tour Guide
- Community Service
- House Captain
- Peer Support Leader
- Student Representative Council
- School Captain
- Year Level Leader
Our Career Outlook program for Years 10 to 12 students offers you extensive knowledge, resources and opportunities to pursue your potential, providing future-focused support for the transition beyond school.
From Career Wise testing to Careers Conferences and from work experience placements to a VETDSS Certificate, St Paul’s offers every student the opportunity to make their mark in the world.
Every student has access to our own dedicated careers professional, providing families and students with information on courses, apprenticeships, pathways, career possibilities and opportunities. Through a fortnightly Careers newsletter, personalised counselling and interviews, you will benefit from our Head of Career’s expertise to assist with career research and planning, subject selection and pathways to extend and celebrate your potential.
Are you ready to make your mark? Read more about how St Paul’s will get you there with our Career Outlook program!