Why Choose St Peter's
Choosing the right education for your child is one of the most important decisions you will ever make.
As parents, carers, or grandparents you have a choice - and the right - to offer your child the best education available.
The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle proudly hosts some of the best schools in Newcastle, Maitland, the Hunter and Upper Hunter, Lake Macquarie and Manning regions.
Catholic schools offer a unique educational experience which forms the child or young person as a person of integrity, compassion, faith and wisdom. Catholic schools also work closely with their local parish to enhance in students a capacity to make sense of their world, to make judgements and to recognise the uniqueness of others within a faith community.
Each school has a supportive community of teachers, parents, carers, parents and friends committees, clergy, parishioners, and support staff who work together to focus on students; encouraging success, promoting discipline, supporting creativity and instilling compassion. This means that Catholic schools do not just teach religious studies, they seek to develop spirit, mind, body and character and cultivate Gospel values that support lives filled with joy, endeavour and hope in the future.
Each Catholic school has a commitment to focusing on each individual student’s ability, offering a unique array of educational, creative, sporting and formation opportunities for students.
Finally, Catholic schools offer peace of mind to parents; knowing they’ve made the right choice and the best investment for their child’s future. It is because of this and the many opportunities available to students that we believe choosing a Catholic education is the right choice to make.
Why Families Choose St Peter's Primary School
St Peter’s is a very strong community of students, parents, teachers, parishioners and friends. There is a sense of belonging that permeates the school, creating a family-like atmosphere where everyone is welcome and everyone is valued. We offer our students quality, faith-based education in this nurturing learning environment.
While valuing the community within the school, St Peter's also values the wider community and works to forge mutually advantageous relationships within it. The sponsoring of charities and active participation in community commemorative services and celebrations, ensure the students develop a sense of belonging to and responsibility for their local community as citizens.
At St Peter’s our committed staff strives to nurture the development of students and assist them to reach their full potential. Students feel a sense of belonging at St Peter’s and the level of care and support staff offer students is remarkable. Staff members also offer lunch clubs which may include drama, craft, choir or robotics.
St Peter’s operates as a Professional Learning Community where teachers work collaboratively with each other, with students and with parents to set student learning goals and deliver learning experiences tailored to individual needs, so that all students experience high levels of achievement as they work towards learning goals.
St Peter’s curriculum is designed to ensure students meet the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) requirements. The school is comprised of students and teachers with diverse experience, knowledge and expertise, who are actively engaged in learning together.
Quality teaching is provided by exceptional educators at St Peter’s Primary School, Stockton. A highly structured combination of professional development opportunities, access to quality teaching resources and experiences has been developed to increase student readiness for and engagement in learning. Curriculum differentiation ensures that the needs of students are catered for at all levels.
St Peter’s learning support team provides learning support services within the regular classroom as well as special needs programs to ensure that students with disabilities and/or additional learning needs also achieve success. Access to counselling by the school psychologist is also available.
Classrooms at St Peter's are equipped with interactive teaching and learning technology and all students have access to shared laptops, which are updated regularly, as well as a bank of iPads. Each class is air-conditioned and well equipped for contemporary learning. A Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program began in 2018 and will extend from Year 4 through to Year 6 when fully implemented.
The upstairs classrooms, which can be accessed by a lift if required, have a view of Newcastle harbour and benefit from the sea breeze in summer.
The playground features a variety of spaces for both structured and creative play and the school benefits from close proximity to playing fields, recreational areas and community facilities which are utilised when required.