Year 7's Launching into LaunchEd Program

Our new Year 7 class has hit the ground running launching themselves in our innovative LaunchEd program.  LaunchEd is a cross curricular subject that involves English, History and Geography.  Integration of these subjects only takes place where there are relevant and obvious connections across these learning areas.  It is how we choose to implement the curriculum that gives LaunchEd the unique opportunity to develop independent learners that gives them a flexible place to learn.

LaunchEd has a strong emphasis on 21st century skills such as independence, collaboration, peers and self-reflection and technology.  Students work with every student and this enriches their social skills and confidence in presentation skills / public speaking.  This program is also beneficial to our teachers, as it is team taught, allowing our staff to work together and learn from each other.

Our Year 7 students are enjoying LaunchEd, and are navigating their way around using their devices and the various learning platforms.

Career Pathways

It has been a busy start to the year at St Paul's for our Year 10 - 12 students in regard to future career opportunities!

Recently CSU ambassadors visited the school to present information to our Year 12 cohort about the pathways, courses and opportunities the university offers.  This was an important opportunity for our Year 12 students to start thinking about their post-school options.

Mr Bruce Walpole from Walpole Surveying met with our senior years to discuss career pathways and options in Surveying.  Following a demonstration of the surveying instruments, Mr Walpole challenged the group to guess the exact distance between two points in the schoolyard.  Well done to Kealy Steeper whose guess was within 30cm of the exact distance! 

Coming up this term we also have a Careers visit to the Defence Expo.


Melbourne Hospitality Excursion

College Year 11 Hospitality student experienced the culinary delights of Melbourne City on their annual "foodies" excursion!

Many foodie places were discovered by the students including an extensive hotel tour of The Langham, with them enjoying visiting the luxurious Penthouse apartments, main kitchen and wonderful buffet lunch. Other hightlights included the William Angliss Institute, Chocoholic Foodies Tour (a definite highlight), and finishing at the Queen Victoria Foodies Tour and Markets.

The students enjoyed tasting the finest chocolates from Lindt, Haighs, ChocMamma, Koko Black and topped off an amazing hot chocolate with liquid nitrogen, gelato and self-toasted marshmellows!

Congratulations goes out to the student for their presentation, attitude and behaviour throughout the whole trip.  We hope you found it informative and now have an understanding that Hospitality is much bigger than first thought.

      





Preparing students for the future

St Paul's College Year 11 students enjoyed a morning of "mock interviews" preparing them for their future career path and lifelong journey.

Representatives from a local Employment Agency and College teachers were involved in the activity - outlining to the students what to expect and how to present themselves when in an employment interview.

We trust this training will assist our senior students and prepare them for their future endeavors.


Excellence in Science


Five students from St Paul's were presented with awards displaying excellence in their Science Research Project. The award was a certificate and prize money of $100 for each student provided by the Rowe Scientific Regional School Student Grants, secured through the Science Teachers Association of NSW.

St Paul's Student Scoops Award


Many of the best St. Paul's College students' poetry entries from Year 10 Poetry Unit were entered in the Poetry section of the 2016 Write Around the Murray Festival.  Isabella Brunt from the College won the Year 9/10 section for the region with her interesting and insightful War poem.


Isabella participated in a presentation on Saturday 15th October at the Albury Library Museum where she was awarded a Dymocks book voucher and some money for her efforts.  She also won $500 for the College to assist in the develop of our English program.

LaunchEd at SPC

What is LaunchEd?

 

LaunchEd is a Year 7 Program that runs with English and HSIE as one subject. The program uses technology, inquiry and student centered learning to develop skills for lifelong learning.  Integration only takes place where there is relevant and obvious connections across these subjects.  It is how we choose to implement the curriculum that gives LaunchEd the unique opportunity to develop independent learners with a flexible place to learn.  LaunchEd will assist in preparing students for living and working in the changing environment of today's society, as well as helping students learn the skills to prepare them for senior school.

Winners - Ian Murphy Debate

On Saturday, 27 February 2016, at the Rotary International District 9790 Conference, St Paul's College Senior Debating Team defeated Euroa Secondary School in the Grand Final of the Ian Murphy Memorial Debating competition, taking away first place.

Real Star Performer – 2015

The Sydney Morning Herald’s article below features St Paul‘s College as one of 'the- real-star-performers-of-this year’s-HSC.'  Data from the HSC results indicate that St Paul’s performed in the same category as schools with much higher socio economic status and income levels.  In fact, no other school in the State—in the same socio economic range—achieved results as high as St Paul’s.   An outstanding outcome for a small College!

St Paul’s ranked 133rd in the State from over 900 plus schools.  To our students, I say, 'be proud,' your hard work paid off and this is an outstanding result.  To our teachers, I say a 'special thank you' for your dedication that went above and beyond the call of duty.

Pastor Mark Doecke - Principal

 http://www.smh.com.au/national/education/hsc-results-2015-the-real-star-performers-of-this-years-hsc-20151219-glr1wn.html