The Individual at the Heart of the College.

There has been a considerable amount of analysis and planning over the past two years about what has happened to our numbers. Parents have , in particular been surveyed by the Resonate group and by Dr. Michael Bezzina. The first concluded much about the value proposition and the latter has honed in on just what it is that our community actually values about St. Paul’s, something I keep hearing about from everyone, which is  the deep care of the individual. This is something that many schools can say they strive for but in fact, on close examination, the larger than get, the harder it is to hand on heart say that is what the school actually achieves.

St. Paul’s on the other hand is uniquely placed to focus on the individual. Not being a large school we have the virtue of actually being able to claim with a high degree of certainty that students are known and cared for, that they don’t fall through the cracks. This provides us with a constant challenge to live up to that,  which we strive to do. It is a high bar to set but we are committed to reaching it.

Recently as a staff, we explored with Dr. Anthony Maher the challenge of the ‘Mission’ of what it means to work in a Catholic school. It was increasingly heartening and reassuring to be witness to the profound dedication of the staff in the college who could see in their daily actions how they in fact fulfill the mission for the boys in their care.


Dr Maher presented the two competing standards, one that is the gift of a quality Catholic Education and the other the prevailing and strengthening paradigm of ‘mobilised ignorance’ that our graduates should be able to discern away from. The tragedy of the day is that ‘mobilised ignorance’ seems to be more and more valued in our society even on the international stage. Just one example.

The principles that underpin Catholic Mission in our schools surely are what we want to see in our sons? We are committed to fostering that no matter how counter cultural it may be becoming.

Our focus on the ‘Individual’ at the heart of what we do also encompasses our Wellbeing and Learning agendas. Our wellbeing agenda driven is by a positive education focus. This is centered on the notion that we want all our young men to flourish in life. This has seen us explicitly teaching the boys social and emotional skills as well as a rigorous approach to attendance and punctuality which raise a range of wellbeing issues to attend to for our boys and their families.

The diocese has begun a program to explore these issues with our community and connect the issue of attendance with wellbeing and learning. The impacts can be significant and life changing. Please have a look here


Next time I will discuss with you further work in the teaching and learning space and how we are working for our young men to have ‘agency’ in their learning.

God Bless.

Chris Browne

College Principal


Are you an Edmund Rice Person? A challenge for all of us.

Announcement re this blog:

On advice from a social media consultant utilised by the Catholic Schools Office I will provide a short article per fortnight in the college newsletter as that is where official college communications apparently should be found. This blog came about due to issues with our old newsletter provider. Now with Schoolzine that is a redundant issue. I will continue to blog on educational issues and you are welcome to check in if you wish and engage with it as many have done.


On the Feast Day of Blessed Edmund Rice 2019. 

At our College Assembly this week we celebrated the Feast day of Blessed Edmund Rice which is observed internationally on 5th May each year. As a college in its 90th year in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice it is an important moment to stop and reflect on the ‘why’ of this college as Simon Sinek would encourage and challenge ourselves to apply his example to our lives.

Below is what I said to our young men this week on this subject.

Today we remember Blessed Edmund Rice.

Born in 1762 and died in 1844 in Waterford Ireland, founder of the Christian brothers who founded this school

You have heard today of the four pillars of an Edmund Rice Education- a Liberating Education, Gospel Spirituality, an Inclusive community and Justice and Solidarity.

This school was founded on those principles 90 years ago and they are alive today. They have implications for us. What we need to do is interpret the example of Blessed Edmund for today.

Br Philip Pinto, the former International Province Leader of the Christian Brothers, the order that Edmund founded  in 1820, challenges us with the question,

“You are a member of an Edmund Rice school but are you an Edmund Rice person?”

Please listen to his wise words here.

As we have discussed many times, the notion of us placing others at our centre is the challenge we face as an Edmund Rice person.

Can you do that?

In doing that we advocate for justice and we stand in solidarity with the poor. In so doing we then have that sense that we are part of them and they are part of us. However we cannot remain silent. We have to advocate for them, be the voice for those who can’t speak.

If we don’t who will?

We have to be people of principle, stand up for the poor. Blessed Edmund did. It was dangerous. He stood up for the poor Irish catholic young men of Waterford in times in his country when it was something the community leaders and rulers of Ireland opposed. Giving education to the poor , they saw, threatened their authority. He gave up his business devoting himself to this work and to God.

He inspired others to join him and the order of Christian Brothers was born. This lives as a movement all over the world to this day, even in this college.

What do you believe in? What do you stand for? Or are you a passenger in our world?

Are you prepared to speak up and stand with the marginalised in our world, those who live in poverty locally, internationally, those affected by the actions of governments that make them poor or downtrodden, refugees that have to flee their country, those affected by the impact of climate change? Or are you just an observer from afar? 

In this college we have two powerful examples to encourage us to not be passengers, to be people of faith and principle- both St. Paul and Blessed Edmund have much in common. They took the example of Jesus and put it into action. They were not passengers and they had no patience for those who were. They stood up for what they believed and gave us a powerful legacy, a legacy that has reached all over the world to Manly.

In our prayers across the Edmund Rice world we say “Live Jesus in our Hearts” to which we respond “Forever”…. 

Live Jesus in our Hearts. Do you think about what that means? That the gospel message is alive in me. For that to be alive people need to see it in what I do each day, in my actions.

We need to learn from this legacy and be inspired to be an Edmund Rice person.  Have a great day reflecting on the trans-formative legacy of Blessed Edmund Rice , a man who saw a need and decided to do something about it, transforming the lives of many and inspiring others to do the same all over the world and remember the challenging question,

“Am I prepared to be an Edmund Rice person?”

God Bless,

Chris Browne

College Principal.


Interim Reports and Goal Setting for the Term Ahead- What should I do as a parent to support the partnership?

With the term coming to a close you will be receiving an interim report for your son which is a snapshot of where he currently is in his learning.  At the outset can I pose this important question.

Do you look on a regular basis at Edumate? We need you to for the partnership to work.

If you do, you will hopefully be engaging with his academic and behaviour progress on a day to day or week to week basis (usually enough). This would hopefully trigger communication from you to teachers either by phone or email and hopefully they will be responding in a timely manner to your inquiries. (48 hours)

Therefore it is a reasonable assumption that parents have a good sense already what the academic progress of their son is by this point of term. The interim report is a useful summary for parents to use as a basis for a very useful goal setting conversation with their sons.

At our College Assembly this week I made the following points to the boys which I would ask  parents / carers to go through with them.

  • Ask yourself- how did I go with the goals I set myself this term? Did I achieve what I wanted? If I did what did I do to get there? If I didn’t why not?
  • You will receive your interim reports this week. Its really important you use that as useful feedback on your learning then set goals for next term.
  • Ask yourself what do I need to do to achieve that higher grade?
    • Do you know what the grade outcomes are? If you don’t you need to. You need to know what improvement looks like. You need to know what success looks like. Read the subject outcomes.
  • You need to be taking charge of your learning and be ambitious for your own success. If you know what that goal is to aim for then you can go for it whole heartedly. If you don’t you just drift.
  • So take this report seriously. Use the feedback to take positive next steps forward. Know what you need to do to improve.
  • I’ve said it before and Ill say it again that anyone should be able to aim to improve 10% on what your achieving now as a realistic goal. Every mark counts, every lesson counts, every bit of work counts,  every bit of homework counts, every assessment counts. Success is progressive. We add a bit to it every day.
  • To our senior students can I remind you that with the holidays ahead you need to maintain the level of knowledge and skills. Don’t down tools or you fall behind.

We have spoken to the boys often about the need to have a Growth Mindset with their goal setting, a belief that they can improve, that by building on productive feedback they can improve them selves. Growth Mindset is a theory with strong currency in education posited by Dr Carol Dweck. I would encourage you to read the material from the two previous links and discuss with your son.

A key point to remember is that the praise of effort is for ‘intentional effort’ that produces improvement, not just effort for efforts sake. Telling a boy to ‘try harder’ is useless advice. Effort building on good feedback makes the difference.

This year we are continuing our work with teachers on ‘Learning Intentions’ and ‘Feedback‘. We are requiring the boys to be writing the learning intention down for each lesson in their diary so they can reflect on it. I would encourage you to have that conversation with your son about how he uses that.

As they return for Term Two please have had the conversation with them about their goals for each subject. Let’s work together on achieving the improvement we know they can achieve with intentional effort.

God Bless for the Easter Season ahead and may the Spirit of the Risen Lord be with you and your family for the year ahead

Chris Browne

College Principal

A Challenging Fortnight for All of Us

First the conviction of the senior Australian Catholic churchman and then the tragedy in Christchurch. What a roller coaster it has been these past few weeks.

I know I’m not alone in shock, dismay, anger, frustration, disbelief, painful empathy at what we have seen not only in regard to the conviction but also around what has transpired from the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Abuse. As a Principal of a Catholic school that is trying to serve its community and build the kingdom of God on earth as our mission would indicate we should, it has been very challenging times.

It shocks me to my core that such crimes against young people could be committed by anyone, even more shocking that religious brothers and priests have done so. It is a scourge in our world that such behaviour exists and we know that such crimes are as likely if not more so to happen in the home by family members let alone by those we entrust the care of our children to.

Clearly our church has let us down as Bishop Long commented, ‘the Church needs to be broken open and born anew.’

I look with hope and pray still that the Church will embrace the opportunities that now exist to face these challenges and the expectation of the large percentage of the Church who have stood back.

My thoughts first of course go to the victims who have suffered so much not only with the abuse they suffered but that then when they sought help were as described by the Royal Commission almost abused again. I pray that the redress scheme that the church and religious orders have committed themselves to brings the healing hoped for.

 I know too that many Catholics, many I know of my generation, are in pain at being associated with such acts simply because of their faith and beliefs. To put ones head up and declare ‘I am Catholic’ is now more difficult for so many due to the reaction they get. Many have just stepped back and await change in their church.

I take solace in my own faith in God and the example of Jesus Christ confident that this is the right example that we strive to bring to the young men of St.Paul’s  and that this is never more important.

It is vital that they and you have confidence that this school is a safe one and that the systems in place to ensure they are safe guarded from harm are strong and effective.

I want to take this opportunity to reassure and reaffirm to all parents and carers that the Catholic Education system through the Catholic Schools Office in Broken Bay already undertakes training on a regular basis in areas of child protection such as:

  • reportable conduct,
  • mandatory reporting,
  • privacy and confidentiality,
  • detecting and responding to trauma,
  • a nominated child advocate,
  • conducting investigations,
  • how to identify signs of harm,
  • counselling availability,
  • facilitating child-friendly ways for children to express their views, participate in decision making and raise their concerns.

The safety and wellbeing of our students is our main priority. These systems are overseen by government agencies such as the Ombudsman, independent and with authority to ensure compliance.

The shootings in Christchurch have also challenged us enormously but have also provided an opportunity. Yes we have been shocked and appalled at what transpired last Friday week but it has been inspiring to see the leadership from the NZ Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern who has clearly stated that those who were the targets of hate are ‘Us’ not those who attacked them. The outpouring of support for the community of Christchurch during Harmony Week I hope, converts into better treatment of each other day to day.

The opportunity for us comes in being able to dialogue with our young people about the importance of tolerance, inclusion and love towards all. This is central to the Gospel message of Jesus and is at the heart of what we try to do here at St. Paul’s every day.

We need your support in this dialogue.

Chris Browne

College Principal.

Open Day- An Exciting Time to Connect With our Community.

We are most grateful to the many many people who came and had a look at the college- both those looking for the first time, having another look after a Principal’s tour or existing parents who are enrolling a further sibling. It was a wonderful community event with a nice feel about it. The feedback from those who had been around the college was extremely positive and encouraging given the work done over the past two years in particular to improve St. Paul’s. Facilities are all very well but the culture needs to support the learning and wellbeing of every young man or we wouldn’t be meeting the needs of our young men.

That we are providing a Catholic Education for all comers regardless of background is important. Jesus was not exclusive. Equity of opportunity and access is an important principle.

I’m proud to say that St. Paul’s is a great school that is improving all the time thanks to the fine work of a dedicated staff and supportive parent community and young men who understand what we are about and respond accordingly. One only had to talk with those who had toured our learning spaces last week. Our young men are our best advertisements and on last Thursday they did us proud.

It was also really pleasing to see so many ex students return to the college and it was nice to see them voluntarily engage with young men who might become students here in the future and also engage with their parents talking about what they were doing and what St. Paul’s meant to them. More than one parent commented to me, “You must be very proud of them!”. I am!

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I was also very proud of the fact that many many parents commented about how real and how caring the college felt to them as they went around. This is very encouraging and a challenge to stay that way by the work we do every day.

If you are someone who has good things to say about us we thank you and can only encourage you to keep doing so.  Word of mouth that reflects the current reality is very powerful. In the same way that your sons are a fine advertisement so are you by what you say.

If you have any reason to feel otherwise can I please ask that you contact me at the college rather than speak or post publicly so I can assist you with the issue. It is important to us that the view people have of us is current, not something that may have been a reality in the past.

I can be contacted directly on 99775111 or via email at . I am always happy to meet with anyone who’d like to talk about any concerns they may have.

On your behalf I’d like to thank the staff and students of the college who put together such a wonderful afternoon for our community. If you weren’t able to make it you are always welcome to call and book into a tour on a fortnightly basis or even one for yourself if you like. Further we are conducting a second open morning later in May.

Everyone is welcome!

Chris Browne

College Principal


Welcome to 2019

The following is my speech to the boys and staff at our Opening Assembly last Thursday. Your assistance by reinforcing the messages in it, as our partnership implies, will be greatly appreciated and make it clear that we are on the same page working together for his benefit. Boys need that consistency.

Welcome back to all of you.

Yesterday we welcomed our new Year 7’s and welcomed back Year 11 and 12.

We also welcomed a new staff member Mrs Catherine Judd who will be with us each Wednesday working with our STEM project in Year 7 and doing some work with other years in Science and RE in particular. The other 4 days a week she is working at the Catholic Schools Office working with all schools in Broken Bay as the Sustainability Officer.

We also welcome back Mrs Keogh full time as English Coordinator and Ms Hogarth who is now with us full time.

2019 is the 90th year of this college. Whilst we celebrate the richness of our tradition we are working to become a school for the future that prepares you with the skills you will need for a future emerging, jobs that don’t even exist yet building on the learning deeply embedded with technology enabling skills of collaboration, creativity, problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, presentation skills, financial  and digital literacy.

We have projects occurring across the school that many of you have already been involved in with Project / Problem  Based Learning and the Inspire project in Year 8 last year. This work is being extended to Year 7 in a major integrated way across English HSIE and RE.

We also have a STEM project happening in partnership with Sydney University and we are taking part in an entrepreneurship program with Years 8 and 9 called Young Change Agents

Exciting times indeed!

2019 is also the Year of Responsibility – As our College value statement notes: as Disciples of Christ we have a responsibility to promote justice and develop skills of leadership and teamwork in our students making them accountable for one’s actions.

You are responsible for your actions no matter what anybody else does.

So it’s about responsibility for self, others and God.

So how do we take responsibility for ourselves?

  1. Be accountable. We choose how we respond to others. Remember that. Accept that we don’t always get it right and take responsibility for our actions.
  2. Stop blaming others. ( a former colleague of mine, a very wise old deputy used to say to young people, to go home, look in the mirror and talk to the person in charge. Sage advice.
  3. See yourself clearly. We know in our hearts who we really are and we need to be honest with ourselves about ourselves. It’s a good habit to stay with.
  4. Acknowledge what happens. Don’t deny. You know what went down in your life day to day. Be upfront. Be authentic.
  5. Highlight  the positive. At times we can focus on the negatives but its helpful to see the positives in our lives and acknowledge not in an overly proud way that yes, I can do good things, be a good person to others.
  6. Say “thank you.”, be grateful. Recognise that we need others in our life and we should show gratitude.
  7. As we have talked about often place others at your centre. Don’t be self obsessed. Find time for others. Find a responsible balance.

So this year we’re going to talk about responsibility often and remind ourselves of the importance of it.

The first thing I want you to focus on is the need to take responsibility for your learning. We’ve talked often about the need to build on our Personal Best, yours not someone else’s, to have a Growth Mindset- a belief that I’m not locked in my ability, that I can improve.

To Year 7 you are responsible for embracing all the opportunities you now being part of St. Paul’s brings.

To Year 8 you are responsible for building on what you learnt about yourself last year, set goals to improve where you need to and make the most of your learning this year.

Year 9  you have a responsibility to make a good choice, whether to fall into the trap that Year 9 can just be about coasting and having a good time or you can choose to continue to grow as learners, to continue to improve , to challenge yourself and achieve your personal best.

To Year 10 you have to take responsibility for the reality that you aren’t a kid any more and that this year needs to be about developing a mature approach to your learning to lay a solid platform.

To Year 11 your responsibility is to step up and start well. Take advantage of every second of learning to play that long game of the HSC well and be a year that can say we did our very best and own that reality.

To Year 12 your responsibility is not to waste a second, to make every  piece of work count, every bit of homework, reading that novel, writing those notes, studying every day to step above those years that have become before you and show what a class act you really are. Be the example to the whole school of Personal Bests, show by your effort and attitude that you have a Growth Mindset. Stretch yourselves and work hard for your very best outcome. You know we are here to help. Do your part.

So you have your responsibilities laid before you and I’ll be watching and encouraging you as the year goes on.

To all of you I ask you to take your responsibility to place others at your centre as Jesus and our founder Blessed Edmund inspired us to do.

On Tuesday Mrs Hearn reminded the staff of our core business with this quote from the Gospel of John’

“that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another”

So when I remind you to be the face of Jesus to each other that is what I’m talking about. You have a responsibility to put that into action. That becomes the guideline by which we are all measured.

What would Jesus do is always a good reminder to ask ourselves. It’s also hard at times but that has to be our default position.

I often ask you individually “You know that was wrong don’t you?” Because we do. Why because we know from Jesus example what is the right thing to do. Always start from there and you can’t go wrong.

The values you pick up from learning about Jesus is why this college exists first and foremost.

This year we begin ramping up our social justice program by requiring of each of you 10 hours of activities through a year with reflection exercises that will be part of what you do in RE. Puttng your faith in action. It will be on your report as logged hours. Those in the community really value seeing that about you and you will gain benefits that others won’t so there is something in this for you not only other people who you serve.

On your behalf I’d like to take the opportunity to model a bit of gratitude by thanking Ms Julia Brock our Maintenance Manager and Science Assistant for the enormous amount of work done over the school holidays to get us ready to start the school year. I’d also like to thank Mr Roy Vumbaca for his work also to get our timetable  and all the other rosters and routines set up for us. Can you join with me by thanking them with a round of applause.

On that note I want to wish you all well for the year ahead and lets make our 90th year the best this college has ever seen.

Thank you.

We Value Learning and Each Learner.

This week the staff have been working through some professional leaning on the Inspire pedagogy which is gradually being scaled through the college from 2019 onwards. Supported by Professor Helen Timperley from the University of Auckland it is bringing to bear what we know makes a difference in learning. The notion of a guiding or inspiring learning question which leads the learner through  a process of collaboration with other learners guided by the teacher towards an answer builds on the work we have been doing in 2017/18.

The core skill of writing has been a focus in the college and will be developed even further with enhancements to the TEEL writing framework. Boys generally across schools don’t like to write. The trick for us is to convince the boys that the skills of writing are attainable and that good success for them should be achieveable.

It’s about high expectations of thmselves as learners and high expectations by teachers of every young man that he can be the best he can be. That of course looks different for every young man.

The Inspire pedagogy puts each young man in the driver’s seat of his learning. It helps him see that he can grow and achieve. We talk with the boys often about having a growth mindset, based on the work of Carol Dweck. 

In 2019 we begin the process of developing individual planning for students involving goal setting and coaching. This will particularly engage parents as a guiding light in their son’s education. Over time we will grow this through the college.

It is important that our young men are optimistic about their learning and hopeful. However they need to be clear on what success for them looks like, what to do to get there and persist toward their success with a ‘can do’ attitude, that failure is an opportunity to learn about themselves, not a judgement.  I’ve always found Thomas Edison inspiring in this space;


It is very useful in the development of a goal setting strategy for our young men to be aware of where they are at in their learning. End of year reports give parents an insight into this and I encourage you to approach this positively, without a deficit lense, that they arent deficient but are someone with dignity in the eyes of God with enormous potential, that they can learn and improve. This is achieved by targeting areas just above where they are at, set achievable goals that stretch them from their current comfort zone and have the support to take them to a different and better place.

We look forward to what 2019 is going to bring with such an exciting learning agenda. What an amazing time to be a student at St. Paul’s.

God Bless

Chris Browne



Planning for an Even Brighter Future for the Young Men of St.Paul’s and our Community- Strategic Improvement Plan 2019-21.

The College has just come through a significant period of review and planning involving our whole community. For this we are very grateful. The feedback has been honest and intentional for the development of St. Paul’s to be the best it can be as a Catholic College with an Edmund Rice tradition serving the region. The input for the plan has been drawn from surveys of staff, students and parents, the College review by CSO and with an eye to best and emerging practice in education that builds on the good work already happening.

We are committed to continuing the foundations enlivened by Blessed Edmund Rice in all aspects of our College life. St Paul’s Catholic College Manly is committed to developing young men who identify with their faith and are flexible, innovative and well-rounded decision makers prepared to take their place in a changing world.  Our hope is that students leave here to make a significant difference well prepared to face the dynamism of our modern world. As you could read below from last week much is happening. We havent been and won’t be standing still. 

It may be cheeky to say it but we believe we are the best school for young men in this region and we want to ensure we stay that way and become even better. We should believe in excellence for our young men. We are the jewel on the hill of Catholic education in this area. Edmund would be poroud.

Being an all boys school we provide an education for male learners that takes advantage of their thirst for inquiry and active learning whilst providing a broad offering of opportunities so that every young man can thrive. Our values of Respect, Responsibility, Results and Reverence underpin our motto of Prima Primum, First Things First, focusing our young men out from themselves with a concern for actively helping the marginalised.

We are all very enthusiastic with the opportunities of a 90th Anniversary in 2019 to reflect on not only the richness of the past, but also to step up with our new Strategic Improvement Plan 2019-2021, creating a positive and hopeful future for our students. It is an exciting time not only in the ongoing story of St Paul’s, but also in education more widely, even internationally. How do we prepare our young men for the world of the future which they will create and lead?

Our goals going forward are:

  • To deepen the College’s Catholic identity, recognising its Edmund Rice Tradition, empowering our young men to respond to the needs of a changing world
  • To promote agency in students’ learning that drives a culture of excellence
  • To enhance the wellbeing of all students
  • To develop an inclusive sustainable College community committed to growth
  • To develop a growth culture for students and staff.


In 2019 our Annual Strategic Improvement Plan is drawn from these objectives.

Key Domains


To deepen the College’s Catholic identity, recognising its Edmund Rice tradition, empowering our young men to respond to the needs of a changing world

By the end of 2019 we will have:

  • Implemented  Professional Learning for staff  on (i) scripture (ii) differentiation in Religious Education (iii) prayer (iv) Edmund Rice charism  
  • Incorporated Catholic Schools Youth Ministry  Australia (CSYMA)  into Stage 5 Religious Education from 2019
  • Explored opportunities to model contemporary challenges across Key Learning Area (KLA) activities that incorporate Religious Education
  • Expanded student leadership opportunities  across the College to engage students of all years.  

Learning and Teaching

To promote agency in students’ learning that drives a culture of excellence

By the end of 2019 we will have:

  • Further developed the St Paul’s pedagogy based on the principles of inquiry, feedback and project based learning that is data and best evidence practice informed  
  • Implemented Professional Learning on (i) pedagogy that enables student agency  (ii) the concept of: one year’s growth for one year’s input
  • Reviewed assessment practices across KLA’s to foster student agency in learning through an emphasis on feedback
  • Incorporated an instructional coaching focus as a basis for collaboration in Professional Development.  

Wellbeing for Learning

To enhance the wellbeing of all students

By the end of 2019 we will have:

  • Implemented Professional Learning on (i) Positive Education (ii) Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)  (iii) Positive Behaviour for Wellbeing and Learning (PBWL)
  • Reinvigorated the Merit / Demerit program to further emphasise the positive aspects of student engagement with College life
  • Implemented a scope and sequence of student presentations based on the SPCCM Positive Psychology framework and Social Emotional Learning
  • Reviewed the current Wellbeing structure, considered and implemented changes for 2020.


To develop an inclusive sustainable college community committed to growth

By the end of 2019 we will have:

  • Developed a Marketing plan encompassing more broadly local feeder Catholic schools
  • Developed a strategy for increased engagement with primary schools that links learning across stages including co-curricular
  • Established a  College Advisory Group
  • Established a bi-annual induction program that recognizes ex-students of distinction
  • Progressed a strategy for the development of a sustainable ex-students association


As you can see this is a comprehensive Strategic Improvement Plan to take St. Paul’s forward into the future as a college of excellence.


God Bless,

Chris Browne

College Principal.

Exciting Learning Initiatives at St.Paul’s.

We have recently had  wonderful feedback about the exciting work happening with learning here at St. Paul’s covered in the local press- see below.

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The Inspire project developed at St. Paul’s but in partnership with Dr Tony Bracken from the Catholic Schools Office and Professor Helen Timperley from The University of Auckland  (Bio) ,  whose work on the Inquiry Spiral underpins our work, is evolving into a college wide pedagogy which will develop greater student agency in their learning as they progress through high school

The model of learning evolving from the Inspire project also encompasses aspects of Project Based Learning which is a dynamic classroom approach in which students actively explore real-world problems and challenges and acquire a deeper knowledge. Together they meet the principles of authentic learning that have been foundational in state and more recently the national curiculum.

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The Inspire project has built on our college wide focus on literacy which has been seeing good growth in NAPLAN but more importantly is contributing to improved outcomes for our students.

This emerging pedagogy also incorporates the Learning Principles of this diocese which influences learning Years 7-12 but is also at the forefront of our development of a St. Paul’s pedagogy.


A critical agenda for us has been the work we have been doing on thinking skills through Dr Ron Ritchart and the Harvard Project Zero team  making thinking more visble to each student.


Clearly you can see the college insists that we base our learning on solid evidence based foundations. We are preparing our young men for an exciting and uncertain fure as the Foundation for Young Australians notes in it’s reports which I’d encourage you to read.

Clearly we are venturing into a world where the skills students have as they enter the workforce of the future. We have an obligation to develop these skills. Looking above at the question mark shaped initial diagram of the St. Paul’s pedagogy we see the centrality of critical thinking and problem solving.



This graphic of Michael Fullan’s work you will note points to Wellbeing which we see as a wrap around, foundational if you like before good learning can occur. It is a good time to be at St. Paul’s with so many interesting things happening to enhance the achievements of our young men, to assist them to achieve their own personal best, their own excellence.

God Bless.

Chris Browne

College Principal