In an increasingly globalized world, St. Paul’s International College provides opportunities for young people from a broad range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds to learn from and respect each other’s differences and grow in an appreciation of their shared humanity.
As we look forward to a future that holds both opportunities and challenges, We would like to look back for a moment into the past, to see just where we have come from and how this may act as a guide to where we hope to go.
From humble beginnings in a poverty-stricken region of rural France more than 300 years ago, the Sisters of St. Paul de Chartres have devoted themselves to alleviating suffering and educating the poor. In the process, they have carried the love of God throughout France and beyond.
In 1848, the Sisters opened a mission in Hong Kong and from there answered the call in many other parts of Asia — Vietnam (1860), Japan (1878), Korea (1888), Thailand (1898), Mainland China (1900), the Philippines (1904) Taiwan (1960) and Indonesia (1967). As the years passed, it became clear that Australia needed a Catholic education that catered to the needs of the many international students arriving on its shores. Thus, in 1984, the Sisters from Hong Kong assumed the running of the co-educational senior boarding school in Moss Vale, NSW, which, in 1998, became St Paul’s International College.
Though ours is now a venerable order, we have always striven to apply our message of love and hope to the needs of ever-changing times and circumstances. Today, rapid digital technology advancements are changing how we communicate with one another and perhaps even the way we think and process the relentless barrage of instant information with which we are bombarded throughout our waking lives.
While today’s young people have grown up in such a world and take so many of these advances for granted, we strive to ensure that they have the technical and language skills that will enable them to live a fruitful life and contribute positively to the betterment of individuals, their respective nations and the global society of the future.
While we are proud of the academic standards we have established and maintained over the past quarter-century and more, we aim to provide an all-round education, based on Christian values, that enhances the quality of life, both spiritually and materially, for students drawn from a broad range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds to learn from and respect each other’s differences and to grow in an appreciation of their shared humanity.
Our students learn to embrace the Paulinian heritage of truth, beauty, goodness, and honor in a happy and stimulating learning environment. When they leave here, we are confident that the ethos that underlies our motto Omnibus Omnia — being all things to all men, irrespective of race, religion, and social status — will accompany them throughout their lives.
The College has an extensive and impressive range of facilities designed to provide an environment conducive to effective learning, the social well-being of individuals, and the maintenance of a healthy lifestyle.
College facilities include:
A newly-constructed teaching and learning building containing well-equipped classrooms, multi-function room, and extensive computer and multi-media learning center
Up-to-date laboratories for Physics, Chemistry, and Biology
A Visual Arts Centre
A modern Library and study facilities utilizing computer technology
An Administration wing with Reception, Management Offices, Chapel and Clinic
Impressive kitchen and dining areas that are modern and comfortable
Large Assembly areas for daily use
Separate boarding residences with single-room accommodation for males and females and modern conveniences including laundry, television, relaxation and gym areas, and tutorial rooms for individual or group assistance from specialist teachers.