P-12 Learning Approach
St Paul's Grammar School has, from its inception, been in the vanguard of educational initiatives that support the holistic development of students and contribute towards a vibrant community of learners.
St Paul's approach is undergirded by an inclusive Christian faith foundation which recognises Jesus Christ as the Lord of our complex and delightful world. Staff and students explore the implications of this in all their learning and seek to express the reality of faith in serving the world. A comprehensive set of Christian values lies at the heart of our educational offerings.
St Paul's is a leading international school. St Paul's students are prepared to meet the challenge of the global economy with communication, learning and leadership skills that will be of lifelong benefit on the world stage. As one of the first schools in NSW to introduce the International Baccalaureate and the school with the largest Mandarin language program in Australia, we delight in developing our students' cross-cultural communication and understanding. From Pre-Kindergarten to Year 12 Mandarin may be studied, while other languages are also offered in Years 8-12.
The implementation of a dual curriculum structure from Pre-K to the end of Middle School has meant that our students' transition from Pre-Kindergarten to Junior School to Middle School, then to Senior High School takes place with less disruption to their learning. At all stages, an inquiry-based pedagogy is emphasised which empowers students as active and self-motivated learners, equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.
While holding that co-education is the most healthy approach to learning-for-life, St Paul's recognises the sometimes-unique learning needs of students and provides gender, multiple intelligence and general learning style differentiation where appropriate. From time to time gendered or accelerated classes are offered in English and Maths in particular. Whatever strategy is employed, the goal remains the same: to ‘equipping its students to become people of discernment who value Christian faith, integrity and excellence in all of life, and who will serve in the world as confident, competent and compassionate adults.