Construction of a convent school in Trundle began in 1927 and the Sisters of Mercy commenced teaching in 1928. They operated the school until 1971 and occupied an onsite convent residence, which had been opened in 1934.
Enrolment is generally between 40- 50 students representing 30 families.
St Patrick’s occupies a central site in Trundle of about 3 hectares which also accommodates St. Michael’s Catholic Church and the presbytery.
There are 3 classrooms all of which are carpeted, air conditioned and fully equipped with the latest technologies including electronic whiteboards and a very low student to computer ratio.
The old church which is attached to the rear of the original school has been converted into a carpeted school hall. In 2002 a new Administration Block comprising of library, resource room, staffroom, toilets, secretary office, Principal’s office and interview room was completed.
The whole of the site is fenced to a height of about 2 metres, except the grass playing field which is fenced to around 3 metres on two sides. A sprinkler system has been installed to irrigate the grass, shade trees and gardens. Modern play equipment is situated adjacent to the amenities block.
The school amenities comprises of a new building with three girls’ toilets, three boys’ toilets plus disabled facilities.
The children have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of sports, with the school traditionally performing very successfully at athletics, swimming and cross country carnivals at both the regional and State levels. Students also have the option of participating in tennis, touch football, Life Saving, volleyball, netball and soccer. They also enjoy regular involvement in community events including the C.W.A. Country of Study competition, Red Cross, social and charitable events and Anzac Day marches. Each year the school conducts a concert as a thank you to the community.
Children enjoy regular socials and family events and participate in many extra curricula programs and excursions.
The curriculum is organised according to stages from the board of Studies syllabi, which are in use in all schools.
The school is organised to cater for staged learning. In order to cater for each child’s needs, there is movement of students across stages. Numeracy teaching has been enhanced by the implementation of the online programme Mathletics. Literacy learning and teaching is supported by the award winning First Steps English programme.
The school is the recipient of a NSW Literacy Award.
The children enjoy a diverse range of art and craft activities and participate in a wide variety of sports, often representing at State level. Nationally acclaimed artists visit each year and our annual concert is a community highlight. Children achieve a high standard in all their cultural activities, including State finals in creative and lateral thinking challenges.
St Patrick’s is known as a lighthouse school for the incorporation of technology into the children’s everyday learning.
Portfolios: Each child has a portfolio that contains samples of their work in a range of subject areas. This portfolio is sent home each term and is used as a guide for parent/child/teacher interviews and to supplement the formal half year and yearly reports.Interviews:
An interview with the parent and child is held at the end of first term. The child’s portfolio of work is affirmed and any areas of concern with any parties are addressed. Interviews also take place whenever the teacher, child or parent deems it necessary.
These are issued at the end of second term and again at the end of the year, always allowing time for an interview to occur if necessary. The teacher keeps an assessment folder that contains samples of the student’s work and competence in achieving indicators in all KLAs. Students are graded in each KLA from A (being high competence ) to E (being limited competence).
These occur informally throughout the day as the teacher chats to the child or parent.
The children show and share the work they have been doing in a range of KLAs to their peers, other teachers, parents and friends.