Please find below, our frequently asked questions to assist our parents and carers, as well as prospective families.
You can also see more about what we offer students and families at St Paul's.
If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact our school office
Looking for more parent and carer resources to support your child through their Catholic education journey? Visit the CEDoW Parent & Carer Resources site.
Enrolments are accepted all year round, but the best time to enrol your child is at the beginning of the year (Term 1) – the year before your child is due to commence school.
Kindergarten enrolment interviews are usually held in May (Term 2). You will receive an interview time for you and your child to come in and meet with the principal or member of the school leadership team. Written offers of placement will follow at the end of Term 2.
St Paul's is a vibrant Catholic co-educational primary school committed to students finding meaning and purpose in their life through continual growth in faith and improvement in learning.
We are committed to supporting the academic, wellbeing and behavioural needs of our students by creating a safe, supportive, respectful and engaging learning community embedded within a learning culture that informs, transforms and empowers.
St Paul’s Catholic Parish Primary school is a vibrant learning community supported by quality teaching and innovative technology; an integrated pastoral care program, of which parental partnership plays a key role; excellent sporting and creative opportunities and a focus on the spiritual formation of students.
At St Paul's, you and your child can expect:
You are most welcome! Please contact our office to make an appointment to meet with the principal and tour our school grounds and facilities.
Our office opening hours are Monday to Friday, between 8:00am and 4:00pm.
Our school bell times are as follows:
10:55am – 11:35am
1:35pm – 2:15pm
Supervision begins at 8:30am each morning.
The school day concludes at 3:15pm and parents are expected to collect their children as soon as possible after this time. Please note, no supervision is provided by staff after 3:30pm.
Please see our Term Dates and Bell Times page for more information.
There are many co-curricular activities on offer at St Paul's!
The school has many school representative opportunities in sport, including: swimming, athletics, cross country, soccer, rugby league, basketball, netball and cricket. Children also have the opportunity to try out for diocesan representative teams and beyond in several different sports.
St Paul's also provides the chance to compete and excel in different areas of interest, including: public speaking, environmental stewardship, creative arts, coding and robotics.
Find out more about the co-curricular activities available for students at our Co-Curricular Opportunities page.
At St Paul's, we believe that all members of the community have the right to a learning and working environment free from intimidation, humiliation and harm. We all share a responsibility to create a culture of caring which will not tolerate bullying. We believe that bullying must be taken seriously and is not acceptable in any form. In witnessing Christian values we reject ideas, beliefs and behaviours, which marginalise or victimise people.
Please refer to the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong's Pastoral Care and Wellbeing Policy here.
You can also find further anti-bullying, wellbeing and online safety resources at our Resources page here.
Students are able to catch one of the Premier Illawarra school buses operating in the Albion Park, Albion Park Rail, Yellow Rock, Tullimbah, Oak Flats, Flinders, Shellharbour and Shell Cove areas. See these school bus routes and timetables here (under 'St. Paul’s School').
Kiama Coaches service the Jamberoo and Kiama areas.
Note: The School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS) gives eligible school students free or subsidised travel between home and school on NSW public transport, including buses and trains. For more information and to apply for a school travel pass for your child, click here.
The school uniform is available for purchase at Hazeltons on Tongarra Road, Albion Park.
The school and sport uniform should be worn in full by all students. However, we believe that no student should be disadvantaged because of financial difficulties – so parents are asked to see the principal if they are unable to purchase new uniforms. We have a second-hand clothing pool from which parents can select used uniform items left in good-condition.
For more information on the St Paul's school uniform, visit our Uniform page.
Please see our Fees Information page for more information.
If you are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to pay fees, please discuss the situation with our principal. Your situation will be treated with care and confidentiality, and an appropriate arrangement may be made for you. No student will be refused enrolment because of a family’s genuine inability to pay fees.
We'd love to have you! St Paul's strives to be a connected and welcoming community and we value the engagement of parents and families in the school life in any way they can.
This could be as simple as being interested and informed about school events and activities, supporting and/or attending community events, school assemblies and school liturgies.
If you are able, parents (and grandparents!) can also participate and contribute in the classroom, at special events such as sporting carnivals, on our fundraising committees, or by offering expertise in a particular area of interest.
Please note: Given our commitment to safeguarding children, volunteers will first need to organise a Working With Children Check (WWCC) – information and forms can be found on the CEDoW website.
All parents and families are also invited to become involved with our Parents and Friends (P&F) Association, who work collaboratively with the school and parish about matters that affect your child at school, as well as general issues about school life including social events, fundraising and community building.
For more information, please visit our Parent Engagement page.
If you have a concern or would like to raise any issue regarding your child’s learning and wellbeing, our staff welcome the opportunity to speak with you about your child.
We ask that you contact your child’s classroom teacher in the first instance. The best way to do this is by:
If you need to speak to your child’s teacher, we ask that you do this by:
We ask for your patience in response to your request as schools are busy places and the main priority of staff is the education, safety and wellbeing of the students in their care during school hours. Requests by parents for information and meetings will be responded to as quickly as possible.
The Lighting the Way Together Parent-School Partnership Framework outlines for parents and the school, the principles and expectations of the partnership that is formed when a child is enrolled in a Catholic systemic school in the Diocese of Wollongong such as St Paul's. It will be introduced and implemented in schools throughout the school year.
Download a copy of the Parent-School Partnership Framework and read more about this important partnership at www.dow.catholic.edu.au/partnershipframework
Interested in enrolling at St Paul's? We'd love to welcome you to our school!