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.

Manly Daily

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