Handbook

The Parent Handbook contains important College information for parents and students.


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Welcome to St Pauls College

A very warm welcome to our school, St Pauls Catholic College, Greystanes. St Pauls is part of the system of schools of the Diocese of Parramatta, educating young men from Years 7-12. We invite you to explore the pages of our website, where you will read much about our community: our vision, mission, curricular and co-curricular offerings, and the Charism of St Paul.

We are very proud to name ourselves St Pauls Catholic College.

St Pauls educates young men, so that they may live their lives with integrity and faith. Students are challenged to make the most of their individual God-given giftsand contribute wisdom and labour for the benefit of the community. Our hope is that by showing the face of Jesus to all whom they meet, our young men will change a small part of the world for the better. And so, our College Spirit is very much alive with our motto Many Gifts - One Community.

Similarly, our school is also characterised by the strong partnership between our students, their families and the College. In doing so, we have continued to build a fine educational establishment for our young men.

I hope you enjoy browsing our website and gain a sense of the great pride and joy we have in our College.

Principal

General Information

Many Gifts – One Community

(Kevin Bates SM)

Many gifts to build a community
Many gifts that each of us brings
Gifts break open and speak to each other
So together as one gift our family sings

Chorus
You’re welcome here, whoever you are
Tell us your story and sing us your song
St Paul
s is a chance for your spirit to run
St Paul
s is a place for your heart to belong

Growing free and wiser each season
Growing in courage and truth clear and strong
Growing in faith and hope gives a reason
To celebrate here in the place we belong

Hope is the power to gather our memories
Hope is the future that we long to shape
Hope is the rising of Jesus’ own spirit
Hope is the gift to each other we make

 

 

Lord Jesus, may we as members of the community of St Pauls College
Be always humble, gentle and patient.
May we show your love by being tolerant with each other.

Let your Spirit be in us to give us a peace that binds us together.
We celebrate the hope that your Spirit gives us in our daily lives.
We are one body and one spirit, in the one Lord.

Amen.

(based on Ephesians 4:2–4)

We welcome parents and community members to be involved in the College. Your views, as parents and members of the College community, are important to us, as we strongly believe that the growth of our College relies on collaboration with students, parents and parish communities.

Our strong Parents & Friends Association provides a forum for communication. Meetings are held every term on a Monday evening, beginning at 7.30pm. The P&F Executive sets these dates in conjunction with the College administration. Reminders of these dates are found in the College newsletter.

Community members are invited to contact the College at any time to discuss individual concerns.


Our motto, “Many Gifts – One Community” encompasses the spirit of St Paul’s teachings.

The crest and motto of St Pauls have been selected due to their association with the apostle, Paul.

Our crest is to symbolise St Paul's strength, with the red cross symbolising both the centrality of Christ to his teachings about salvation and his own commitment to place his belief in Christ, as saviour, before all things, even the loss of his own life. The blue waves symbolise the missionary journeys he undertook.

We view St Paul as an excellent role model for our community. Paul’s willingness to change from one who persecuted the faith, to a person who upon conversion, has his commitment to the spreading of the Good News as the passion of his life.

Paul’s role as apostle provided a model and a challenge for us all as Christians. We too are called to teach the Good News of Jesus and to model this faith in our daily living. We need to live our lives with the same integrity and faith as our namesake. These are the features that we all are striving to make a hallmark of our community and will be central to the education that we offer to the young men from the communities that we serve.

We welcome you and your son to the St Pauls College Community.


The Canteen provides a range of food and drink. The price list can be found on the 'Notes From College' page of our school website under the 'Community' menu.

We are always in need of volunteers to help with serving the counter and preparing food for our boys. Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated. We will provide you with lunch and the ladies are very friendly and welcoming and looking forward to meet the new parents. It is a great way to meet new friends.

If you are able to assist in the canteen please contact the Canteen Manager Deb Hartland a call on (02) 8868 3728.

Year 7 Information

 Monday- Friday (except Thursday)
       
Start  Finish Thursday  Start

Finish
Homeroom  8:35am  8:45am Homeroom   8:35am   8:45am
Period 1   8:45am  9:45am Period 1   8:45am  9:45am
Period 2   9:50am 10:50am Period 2  9:45am 10:45am
Recess 10.50am 11:20am Recess 10:45am 11:15am
Period 3  11:20am  12:20pm Period 3 11:15am 12:15pm
Period 4  12:25pm   1:25pm Lunch 12:15pm 12:45pm
Lunch  1:25pm  1:55pm Sports 1/2 12:45pm  2:45pm
Period 5  1:55pm 2:55pm Asssembly  2:45pm  2:55pm

A list of required textbooks for Years 7-12 as well as student resources and equipment requirements is available on the St Paul Catholic College website on the ‘Notes From College’ page under the ‘Current Community’ menu.


Year 7 will participate in the Peer Support Program during Term One and Term Two. A number of our Year 11 students have been trained in the Peer Support Program and will conduct fortnightly Peer Support sessions with the Year 7 students.

The Peer Support Programme offers the following benefits for Year 7 students:

  • An opportunity to improve communication skills, self-awareness and self-esteem and be able to better cope with peer pressure.
  • An opportunity to develop more caring friendships amongst peers.
  • A more comfortable transition from Primary to Secondary education.
  • An awareness of the similarities and differences in people and an ability to cope with these.

An opportunity to make a Senior friend with whom they can share their concerns.

Holroyd Council Award
This award is presented annually by Holroyd Council. The award acknowledges the student in Year 7 who has in his first year at the College, exemplified the spirit of St Paul in the areas of community involvement, school spirit and personal excellence. The recipient of this award receives a certificate and individual trophy whilst a perpetual trophy is engraved & kept at the College. This award is confirmed by the College Executive.

P & F Award
The St Pauls P & F Award recognises a student’s involvement and commitment to the activities and goals of the College throughout the year and who has very generously contributed towards the building up of school spirit and exemplified the charism of St Paul. The recipient of this award receives a certificate and individual trophy whilst a perpetual trophy is engraved & kept at the College. This award is confirmed by the College Executive.

1st Aggregate
The College recognises the achievement of the student who has achieved the highest academic standard in his year group. The recipient of this award receives a certificate and individual trophy whilst a perpetual trophy is engraved & kept at the College.

Certificate of Merit
The Certificate of Merit is in recognition of the consistency and conscientiousness of a students’ effort across all of his subjects throughout the academic year. The number of awards are determined by the Year Coordinators under the direction of the Curriculum and Studies Coordinators. A certificate and medallion is awarded to each recipient.

Please note that there is to be no student pick-up in the carpark between 2.30pm – 3.30pm

 

 

The problems confronting children moving into high school have become increasingly apparent over recent years. Students are often overwhelmed by the prospect of learning to cope with a large number of new teachers and classrooms.

The whole structure of High School is much ‘larger’ than Primary School and students can feel lost in the system. To top it all off, they are thrown into a classroom full of many new faces, perhaps with very few friends. This has led in the past to fears, competition and rivalry, making the High school transition all the more difficult.

With these and other factors in mind, it is a requirement of ALL Year 7 students at St Pauls to attend a three day Orientation Camp early Term 1. This time is specifically designed with activities to allow the boys to become used to both the members of their own class and also some of the teachers that they will come into contact with most often, as well as generally introducing them to the ‘spirit’ of the College itself. In past years, Year 7 students have found this Camp to be the highlight of their year and an important easing into their new school.

This camp is in line with the Peer Support Programme that runs with Year 11 students. The Peer Support Leaders also attend the Year 7 Camp and assist their allocated groups in the organised activities. This has always been a successful programme and allows the Year 7 students to become more familiar with their senior leaders.

Although it is understood that some parents may be concerned for their son in spending two nights away from home, the school has seen a definite and immediate need for such an event in the early weeks of Year 7 and for this reason the camp is compulsory for all except the most extreme cases.

Parents should rest assured that their sons will be more than adequately supervised.

The Learning

English is one of the most important subjects in the curriculum. It is compulsory in all years from 7 to 12. English study involves the development of language skills so that students can understand, enjoy and participate fully in the world around them. Spelling, punctuation, grammar and reading are concentrated on, as well as creative and formal writing.

It is important that Year 7 students become actively involved and do their best in English classes. One way parents can help to develop their son’s skills in English is to encourage reading at home, which includes reading various forms of media. The aim of this is to boost knowledge and understanding, appreciation of current issues and to encourage development in their writing. Reading should occur every day for homework and for pleasure. This is often the key which unlocks literacy for many students.

Extra-curricular activities which also pick up on skills learnt in English include Debating and Public Speaking, English Competition, Spell-a-Thon, Tournament of the Minds and much more. There are also guest speakers/performers at different stages of the year.

Year 7 English outline
Year 7 students cover the following focus areas during their study of English:

Autobiographical Writing
Within these units different types of text are taught eg Recount, Narrative, Procedure, Explanation, Discussion
Fiction (Novel)

Non-Fiction
Persuasive language & Advertising, Biographies, Media
Explanation, Discussion 
Poetry
Picture Books
Film as Text
Focus on “LITERACY” and assessment can occur through a range of modes (eg writing, speaking, viewing, representing)
Debating and Public Speaking
Visual Literacy
Language Skills
Includes spelling, vocabulary work, comprehension, punctuation and sentence structure. The NAPLAN test takes place each year in May.
Homework
Homework is given at the end of each lesson and can involve set activities, completion of classwork, sustained and regular nightly reading, assignment work, study for upcoming tests, research and even watching the news! 
Wide Reading
This is an integral part of the Year 7 curriculum. All students participate in a Wide Reading program where regular, quiet, individual and sustained reading takes place in class and in the College Library across a range of genres and boys complete various activities and reflection to improve their reading level.

The Years 7 and 8 Course consists of four focus areas from the new National Australian Curriculum:

  • Landscapes and Landforms
  • Place and Liveability
  • Water in the World
  • Interconnections

The Years 9 and 10 Course consists of four focus areas in relation to Australia:

  • Changeable Biomes
  • Changing Places
  • Environmental Change and Management
  • Human Wellbeing

Both courses utilise fieldwork and examination of contemporary geographical issues to foster understanding and interest. A variety of skills involving mapping, photographic interpretation, data analysis and research are central to the study of Geography.

The Ancient World to The Modern World
The Stage 4 curriculum provides a study of the nature of history and historical sources, both archaeological and written. Students investigate ancient history from the time of the earliest human communities to the end of the ancient period (approximately 60,000BC –c.AD 650).

Students study a range of depth studies from the end of the ancient period to the beginning of the modern period (c. AD 650 – c. 1750). During this period, major civilisations around the world came into contact with each other. Social, economic, religious and political beliefs were often challenged and significantly changed, underpinning the shaping of the modern world.

The Making of the Modern World and Australia
The Stage 5 curriculum provides a study of the history of the making of the modern world from 1750 to 1945. It was a period of industrialisation and rapid change in the ways people lived, worked and thought The period culminated in World War 1 (1914 – 1918) and World War II (1939 – 1945).

The history of the modern world and Australia from 1945 to the present, with an emphasis on Australia in its global context, follows. The twentieth century became a critical period in Australia’s social, cultural, economic and political development. The transformation of the modern world during a time of political turmoil, global conflict and international cooperation provides a necessary context for understanding Australia’s development, its place within the Asia-Pacific region, and its global standing.

Students entering Year 7 are required to study a course in World Geography/ World History/Civics and Citzenship for 100 hours per year from Years 7 to 10. This is a mandatory requirement of the Board of Studies. At St Pauls Catholic College, this will involve a semester of History and a semester of Geography in each of Years 7 and 8, with the Civics and Citzenship part of the course integrated into either History or Geography where appropriate.

All students in Year 7 will study a language for the entire year. Interested students can continue their study of the subject, if it is offered as an elective in Years 9 and 10. The language offered will be determined by available Staff.

The aims of these courses are:

  • To develop students’ skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • To impart some knowledge and understanding of culture, geography and history
  • To enable students to gain a sense of achievement and cultural appreciation through the experience of learning a language
  • To develop in students the basic reading and writing skills which would enable them to further their study of a language at a later date
  • Students may choose Italian as an elective subject in Years 9 and 10.

Years 7 and 8
Mathematics is the search for patterns and relationships that lead to the development of concepts and generalisations. These can be applied to finding solutions to problems, involving the understanding of the world around us and meeting the specific needs of the people. Mathematics is considered to be a dynamic and process orientated endeavour and a precise means of communication characterised by invention, intuition and discovery. The junior course of study in Mathematics at St Pauls Catholic College endeavours to meet the needs of students of all levels of mathematical ability.

In Years 7 and 8, students follow a common course in keeping with the requirements of the Board of Studies. It is presented in 4 strands incorporating working mathematically, measurement and geometry, statistics and probability, number and algebra. In Year 7, Mathematics will include the following topics:

  • Computation with Positive Numbers
  • Angle Relationships
  • Computation with Positive and Negative Integers
  • Understanding fractions, decimals and percentages
  • Probability
  • Computation with decimals and fractions
  • Time
  • Algebraic Techniques
  • Equations
  • Measurement and Computation of Length, Perimeter and Area
  • Introducing Indices

Using Calculators
Calculators are a part of modern society and will be used at St Pauls Catholic College, commencing at the start of Year 7, depending on the nature of the topic. Calculators are a tool for calculation, but should not replace the understanding of the process that students should perform themselves.

Integrating technology
As part of the new K-12 syllabus, each Key Learning Area eg Mathematics, has been given the responsibility of providing opportunities in using a range of information and communication technology, that is, Computers, Graphics Calculators, Dynamic Software etc.

Homework
Homework is an important and integral part of the curriculum in Mathematics at St Pauls College and as such is compulsory. The majority of periods will entail homework; constant revision is presumed.

Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) is a formal part of your son’s curriculum in Year 7 at St Pauls Catholic College. This subject is the beginning of a four year journey of study in PD/H/PE. It is an integrated subject covering all areas of development (socially, mentally, physically and spiritually). All areas of the Catholic Church’s philosophy are reflected in these areas.

The subject aims to develop in each student the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to understand, value and lead healthy and fulfilling lifestyles. In so doing, the subject prepares students for a responsible and productive role in society and to develop in them a commitment to life planning.

Areas of study covered include Active Lifestyle, Composition and Performance, Growth and Development, Interpersonal Relationships, Movement Sense and Skill, Personal Awareness and Choice, Promoting Health and Safe Living.

These are all presented in a number of different teaching methods to maximise learning including decision making, communicating, interacting, valuing, problem solving, critical thinking, planning, moving and performing.

The practical Physical Education classes look at a number of sports including Athletics, Gymnastics, Softball and Soccer. Students must wear the College sports uniform, which is available from the school uniform shop. It is recommended that your son buy two shirts so he has at least one clean for Thursday Sport.

As a Catholic College, we exist to pass on the Catholic faith and teachings. In sending your son to this College, you have demonstrated an understanding of the importance of Religious Education in the life of all Christians and especially of the members of St Pauls College.

The purpose of Religious Education at St Pauls is to instil into the members of its community the rich tapestry of traditions, values and customs that are the Catholic Church. This is achieved through formal class lessons, College Liturgies and Retreat/Formation days. All members of the College community are expected to participate fully at all levels of instruction.

The class lessons explore the traditions and history of the Catholic Church through the study of the Scriptures, the study of Church history, the exploration of official teachings of the Church, the Church’s emphasis on Social Justice and the example provided by the lives of Jesus and the Saints.

At St Pauls students follow the Parramatta Diocesan Religious Education Programme: Sharing Our Story and in Years 11 and 12 have the opportunity to study the Board of Studies developed Course; Studies of Religion.

Religious Education provides a deeper understanding of the teachings upon which a Catholic establishes their faith. In order to further nurture this faith development, participation in Class, Year and College liturgies is essential. In addition, a programme of Retreats and Formation Days may also be organised at the College. In junior years, it comprises of Year Group reflections, while in Years 11 –12, overnight retreats are arranged. The overall programming of these days is developmental from Years 7 – 12. All students are expected to attend these compulsory days.

Religious Education will simply not be theoretical, but students will be given many opportunities to put their values into practice. This includes a program of prayer groups, Reconciliation, Lunch Time Masses and Pilgrim experiences. The College has a number of Social Justice activities, but it is also embarking on a fuller community service program.

Over Years 7 and 8, students will study Stage 4 of the NSW Science Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum. They will engage in a range of activities that use and apply the processes used by scientists. Students will identify problems that can be tested or researched scientifically.

Individually and collaboratively they will plan and conduct a range of first-hand investigations and controlled experiments.

Students will process and analyse data and information from first-hand investigations and secondary sources to identify trends, patterns and relationships, leading to the formation of evidence based conclusions. They will reflect on how the methods used and the quality of data obtained can be improved. Their ideas, methods and findings will be communicated to a given audience using appropriate scientific language, representations and text types.

Over Stage 4, students will have the opportunity to develop the following skills that will help them work scientifically:

  • questioning and predicting
  • planning investigations
  • conducting investigations
  • processing and analysing data and information
  • problem solving, and
  • communicating.

The units of work studied will cover the following areas of knowledge and understanding:

  • The Physical World (Physics)
  • Earth and Space (Geology and Astronomy)
  • The Living World (Biology and Ecology), and
  • The Chemical World (Chemistry).

Additionally, students will have the opportunity to develop the following values and attitudes:

  • an appreciation of the contribution of science to finding solutions to personal, social and global issues that are relevant to their lives now and in the future, and
  • a willingness to use evidence and reason to engage with and respond to scientific and technological ideas.

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