The original school of St Paul’s Albion Park, that consisted of one large room and a verandah, was established in 1882 with three religious sisters of St Joseph sent by Mary MacKillop (St Mary of the Cross MacKillop) at the request of the parish priest, Rev Fr Augustus William Petre.
With an enrolment of approximately 40 students, two Sisters did the teaching duties and the third Sister of St Joseph looked after the convent. For over 40 years the Sisters taught in one large room.
The school was then called St Joseph’s and for some time also went under the name of St Patrick.
Much has changed in the facilities we enjoy today. Thanks and praise to those who have given so much as good stewards.
Today, St Paul’s Catholic Parish Primary School prides itself on the charism of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. Her spirit can be found in our students and staff, in their approach to learning, in their spiritual and other achievements and in their friendships and sport.
We are also blessed to have the patron saint of our parish school of St Paul the Apostle, whose spirituality influences our daily activities and invites Christ to be gradually formed in us and in those to whom we minister.
We claim to be a school out in the country with farmlands and new housing estates surrounding us. We value being a part of this semi-rural community, harbouring the rich history and traditions of Albion Park and immersing ourselves among this wonderful local area and its people through work and play.
At St Paul's, there are many opportunities for our students to learn, grow and excel both within the classroom and out of the formal classroom. There are events where we come together, parents, students and teachers to celebrate our learning and community whilst embracing the core values of respect, service, justice, hope and celebration – values based on the life of Jesus Christ.
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Catholic schools have a long and proud history in the Australian educational landscape. Originally established by orders of brothers, nuns and priests in the nineteenth century, they are now almost entirely staffed and led by lay people.
Catholic systemic schools in the Diocese of Wollongong are either parish primary schools like St Paul's, or diocesan secondary or K-12 schools. They are all co-educational schools. (The diocese also has another seven independent congregational secondary schools, some of which offer single-sex education.)
Catholic schools have a unique character because as well as being places where learning is highly valued, they are places where priority is given to a values-based education in the Catholic faith. This involves all staff and students proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world. Staff identify strongly with their school and take pride in their work and the school’s achievements.