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St Paul's Catholic College, Manly NSW
Darley Road
Sydney Northern Beaches
(02) 9977 5111
St Paul’s is a comprehensive secondary college for boys in Manly serving the region. This year we proudly celebrate our 90 years of quality Catholic education.
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Inspire Pedagogy 

‘Nurturing Young Men for Infinite Possibilities’

As a result of two years targeted work on literacy; observation and analysis of student work suggested that the structure, length and, to a lesser extent, construction of student writing has improved.

However, there remained a concern over the depth of knowledge and understanding exhibited by students in written responses. Boys generally don’t like writing.  This concern has become the crux of our identified area of need for the purpose of the INSPIRE project. Having identified this as an area of need, we have structured the project in response to the question:

How can we improve and enhance the depth of our students’ thinking, knowledge and understanding, particularly in their written responses?

The introduction of Cultures of Thinking into the College’s approach to pedagogy has been instrumental in facilitating our focus on student agency and engagement in the project. Thinking routines facilitate student thinking and understanding, which lies at the heart of our inquiry focus for the project.

The Inspire pedagogy pictured  is being undertaken by teachers of HSIE, English and Religious Education in an integrated fashion utilising an agile learning space. Lessons begin with a learning question which leads to a collaborative effort to address it and students then respond with a written piece of work.

In this process students are explicitly taught necessary content, investigate collaboratively the learning question and through their response they connect with a wider community. This is being undertaken with the support of the University of Auckland and the Australian Catholic University as well as the Catholic Schools Office.


Come and discover how your son will develop a strong foundation for lifelong learning.  Principal's Tour are scheduled regularly. Please contact our Enrolments Registrar enrolments@dbb.catholic.edu.au or 9977 5111 to register.

St Paul’s is a comprehensive secondary college for boys in Manly serving the region. This year we proudly celebrate our 90 years of quality Catholic education.

In 1929 the Christian Brothers began educating the young men of this region on the invitation of the Archbishop of Sydney, Michael Kelly.  It opened in Raglan Street Manly and then in 1965 with the invitation to open a secondary campus, education on the current site at the top of Darley Road on the St Patrick’s Estate began. 1982 saw the Christian Brothers pass governance of the College to the Archdiocese of Sydney.  In 1986 the Diocese of Broken Bay was formed and the College passed to the new Diocese. Today St Paul’s is conducted by the Diocese of Broken Bay.

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.

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 provided by our 90th Anniversary 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. Our plan is the product of six months work including consultations right across our community between students, parents and staff. 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 main objectives 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 well-being of all students
  • To develop an inclusive sustainable College community committed to growth
  • To develop a growth culture for students and staff.

In 2020 our Annual Strategic Improvement Plan is drawn from these objectives.

The College looks to the future with hope and excitement at continuing the fine tradition of 90 years of Catholic Education in the Manly and broader region.

Prima Primum


Mr Chris Browne B.Ed, M.Ed (Ed.Admin), M.Ed.Stud, MACE, G.C.Theol.
College Principal

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