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 

St Paul's Wins Debating Semi-Final

Today (28 October 2015), the very young members of our senior debating team defeated Albury High School in the semi-final of the Rotary Ian Murphy Memorial Trophy Competition.  Congratulations to Poppy Marion, Duncan Howard and Monique Barrett on their well-prepared debates and solid presentation.  They argued successfully that ‘advertising is good for society.’

Congratulations to our 2014 Year 12’s

Congratulations to our 2014 Year 12 students on their HSC results.  We are so proud of your achievements!

Our students achieved Band 6 results in Hospitality, Business Studies, English (Advanced), Personal Development, Health and Physical Education, Mathematics, Music 1 and  Mathematics General 2. Over half of all students achieved at least one Band 5 result or higher.

Emma Schulz and Sophie Howard achieved particularly outstanding results. Emma was awarded the Dux of the College at our Year 12 Graduation Ball.  Emma was merit listed for her results in Business Studies, English (Advanced), Mathematics General 2 and PDHPE—and achieved high band 5 scores in Biology and Studies of Religion 1.  Sophie achieved Band 6 results in Business Studies, English (Advanced) and PDHPE, and high band 5 results in Biology and Studies of Religion 1.  Melinda Senior (Mathematics General 2) and Rebecca Haines (Hospitality) also achieved band 6 results.

Lara Rayner, a Year 11 student, should also be commended on her results.  Lara completed two HSC subjects this year, Mathematics and Music 1, and earned outstanding results in both; 96 in Music and 94 in Mathematics.  She will continue her HSC in 2015.

Many of our students have accepted early entry University offers from a range of universities in NSW and Victoria, including Macquarie University in Sydney, Wollongong University, Charles Sturt University and the University of New England.  These offers are based on academic results in Year 11 and 12, as well as the Principal’s recommendation.  Our students traditionally receive many offers such as these.   The universities we work with report that receive such offers because of the quality of student St Paul’s produces!

In addition to university offers, many of our students have already obtained employment, including apprenticeships and traineeships and secured places for further study at TAFE and other private institutions.

Congratulations to all of our students who completed their HSC this year.  At our Year 12 retreat in February this year, I urged our students to work hard, focus and prioritise their learning—so that when they finished Year 12 they could back and be proud of what you had achieved. 

Our Year 12 students can certainly look back and be very proud of their achievements!

I wish the St Paul’s HSC Class of 2014 every success for the future.


Caroline Clancy

Director of Senior School

Senior Debating

On the 13th of October, the St Paul’s Senior Debating Team took on Albury High School, an opponent four times the size of St Paul’s.  The debate was part of the second round of the Ian Murphy Memorial Debating Competition (sponsored by Rotary).  The St Paul’s team consisted of Victoria Thompson, Julia Ronnfeldt and Victoria Ellis.  The topic was That we should buy Australian products.  St Paul’s had the affirmative side.  The St Paul’s team line was Buy Australian goods – it’s good for Australia. (Catchy eh!). They argued that buying Australian goods makes the country healthier and wealthier.  
One of the key ingredients to successful debating is the art of effective rebuttal.  A clear difference between the St Paul’s team and the Albury High School team was St Paul’s ability to effectively refute the opponents’ arguments.  The judges also commended St Paul’s on their teamwork and consistently sticking to the party line.  
As you will have gathered, St Paul’s won the debate.  (It’s always good to defeat an opponent four times your size!)  The team will now take on Tallangatta High School in the next round of the competition.
Pastor Mark Doecke
(Coach – St Paul’s Senior Debating Team)