St Paul the Apostle Catholic Primary School
Teaching Level: Primary
St Paul the Apostle Catholic Parish Primary School Doreen, now in our fifth year, is a living faith and learning community enlivened and inspired by the teaching and modelling of Jesus Christ and through the life of St Paul the Apostle.
We are uncompromising in our determination to embed a Culture of Thinking as the foundation of our learning and teaching in a multi-age setting. Our school community is committed to the safety, wellbeing and protection of all children in our care.
As a semi-rural town in its early years, Doreen has enjoyed a rich and colourful history and in recent times along with our neighbouring suburb of Mernda, has undergone a dramatic population boom, bringing with it significant change in demographics, urban development and infrastructure.
Set on approximately 13 hectares of previously pastoral land, stage one of our building consisted of an administration block and a learning building, designed to accommodate eight learning spaces with a capacity of 200 children. The welcome court area, connecting the two buildings, was specifically designed to create a gathering space to enhance the emerging school community culture, as well as providing outdoor recreational spaces and learning opportunities. Our stage two building program should be completed in September 2019 providing us with an additional learning building and outdoor recreational spaces.
Since our inception, and through our professional partnership with Dr Ron Ritchhart, Principal Researcher – Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education USA, we have been committed to embedding a Culture of Thinking within a multi-age setting here at SPA Doreen to help children to deepen their understanding and to create life-long learners.
Coinciding with our growing reputation within our local and wider community, our enrolments have now reached 300 full time students in 2019. Our school population includes 37% of families who had at least one parent born overseas with a Language Background Other Than English (LBOTE).
To nurture our sense of team-work and our belief that we have a shared responsibility to educate all children, our children are organised across four Year levels; Prep (Foundation), Junior Level (Year One/Two), Middle Level (Year Three/Four) and our Senior Level (Year Five/Six).