St Paul's Grammar School, Penrith
PYP MYP Diploma
|Location||Cranebrook, New South Wales, Australia|
|Phone||+61 2 47774888|
|Fax||+61 2 47774841|
Homestay program for international students
St. Paul's Grammar school is a Christian, co-educational Pre K - 12 school set in 28 hectares of semi-rural land west of Sydney near Penrith (approximately 50 km from the central business district of Sydney). It has approximately 850 students. The school is non-denominational and welcomes students from all cultural and religious backgrounds. The school aims to foster the total formation of every one of its students, nurturing the development of their talents and abilities in whichever fields they lie. The performing arts are strength of the school, and wide ranges of sporting facilities are available for use of its students.
St Paul's was authorised to offer the Diploma in 1990.
In 2003 it became the first school in NSW to implement the Diploma, Middle Years and Primary Years Programmes. It remains the only school in NSW to offer these three IB Programmes.
Primary Years Programme (PYP)
St Paul's began to implement the PYP (Primary Years Program) in 2001. The PYP framework represents best educational practice and enables St Paul's to incorporate our school based philosophies with NSW and national curricula. The essential Christian perspective of St Paul's is further facilitated through the PYP approach to learning. Within our PYP units of inquiry the associated New South Wales Board of Studies outcomes have been identified, developed and meaningfully incorporated. In this way, Board of Studies requirements are compatible and complementary to the PYP and are met with vigour and integrity. Central to the international focus of St Paul's is the language and culture programme, where students learn Mandarin Chinese complemented by sister-school relationships between St Paul's and a network of schools in China. St Paul's is committed to life long learning of both its students and staff. Staff has regular opportunity to undertake professional training to develop their knowledge and understanding of PYP and other curriculum focus areas.
Middle Years Programme (MYP)
St Paul's began to implement the MYP in 2002, with the first complete cohort graduating in 2005.
St Paul's was the second school in NSW to offer the IB Diploma programme in 1990. It offers students choice in all subject groups within the IB at both HL and SL. The school has one of the most highly experienced IB staff in Australia with many IB examiners of scripts, moderators, three IB accredited teacher training workshop leaders, senior moderators, two former Deputy Chief Examiners. A number of staff have been members of IB curriculum committees (Biology, Dance and Visual Art). Group 1 subjects (Language A) offered include English A and Chinese A. Mother tongue languages are school supported where possible. Group 2 subjects (Language acquisition) offered include English B HL, Mandarin Chinese B SL, French B SL, Latin B SL, French ab initio SL and Spanish ab initio SL. Other languages are school supported where possible. Group 3 subjects (Individuals and their societies) offered include Business and Management, Economics, Geography, History, Psychology and Environmental Systems and Societies SL (a trans-disciplinary subject meeting both Group 3 and 4 requirements in one subject, allowing greater flexibility in subject choice in other areas). Group 4 subjects (Experimental Sciences) offered include Biology, Chemistry, Design Technology, Physics, Sports, Exercise and Health Science and Environmental Systems and Societies SL. Group 5 subjects (Mathematics) offered are Mathematics and Mathematical Studies. Group 6 subjects (Arts and electives) offered include Film, Music, Theatre Arts, Dance and Visual Arts. A second subject may also be studied from groups 2-6 (although study of a second group 6 subject requires the choice of Environmental Systems and Societies to meet both group 3 ad 4 requirements in one subject.