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, P&F 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 have 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.

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At St Patrick’s Primary School, Lochinvar we strive to provide a high quality, challenging, supportive and innovative education for the students in our care, steeped in rich traditional Catholic values. We endeavour to work collaboratively, professionally and cohesively towards a common goal of inclusivity and acceptance. St Patrick’s is a place where we can trust and rely on each other to build positive relationships and support each other in all aspects of school life. We strive to create an environment where all students are treated as individuals and their strengths are celebrated.

Our professional, highly quali­fied and dedicated staff work together to ensure the best outcomes for each student, driven by consistently high standards of inclusive practices and effective pedagogy. St Patrick’s implements various programs designed to enrich the school life of all members of the community, both within and outside the classroom. The curriculum is differentiated to ensure all students are challenged through relevant and engaging learning opportunities.

Our academic results affirm the strength of curriculum initiatives at St Patrick’s. We provide a range of opportunities and experiences for students to foster growth and development. All students are encouraged to work hard and achieve their personal best, whether it is in the classroom, on the sporting ­field or through the many opportunities provided for their personal and spiritual development and all-round growth.


St Patrick’s provides a wonderful learning environment for students equipped with modern technology and facilities. Recent construction and major refurbishment of our school facilities ensures students are learning in an engaging and well-resourced environment.

New administration facilities, attractive and spacious school grounds, the latest computer technology and unique and interesting classroom features have been incorporated to create a stimulating and adaptable learning environment for all students. Kindergarten and Year 4 classrooms feature flexible learning spaces which were purpose-built for collaboration and personalised teaching and learning. These state-of-the-art facilities are designed to meet the needs of contemporary learners in flexible settings. Construction is underway to complete our pod design to Year 6.

A managed BYOD project also allows students in Years 4 to 6 to integrate computer technology into everyday learning. Our flexible learning spaces matched to contemporary pedagogy offer the opportunity for all students to engage with a rich curriculum and develop the necessary skills for success to inspire them to become lifelong learners.


Physical Education plays an important role in the lives of St Patrick’s students. From Kindergarten to Year 6, all classes are involved in weekly sporting programs that enhance students’ gross motor coordination, skill development and improve fitness.

Sporting programs include athletics, dance and movement, as well as team sports. Students have the opportunity to participate in swimming and athletics carnivals, cross country championships, gala days and numerous summer and winter team sports. A number of sporting pathways are also available for students to compete and represent at school, regional, diocesan, state and national level.