St Paul's College, making a difference

Helena Fischer from NSW Australia is studying Senior Agriculture and Primary Industries with a...
Helena Fischer from NSW Australia is studying Senior Agriculture and Primary Industries with a desire to enter a Jillaroo programme and undertake further agriculture studies at university. She wishes to one day return and manage the family farm.
St Paul's College is an extraordinary college in New South Wales, Australia, offering a broad range of learning opportunities for students, Principal Don Walkley says.

"We are a co-educational day and boarding college with a focus on strong academic studies, sport, technics, art, drama, music, agriculture, and equine,'' he says. "It's so exciting we can now offer students from New Zealand and all around the world our broad range of curriculum and special location.''

Many people are amazed that a small rural-based school can offer such an extensive and high-quality range of studies.  All such learning is centred on our commitment to a Christian education within the Lutheran tradition.

The staff are committed to ensuring the students are engaged in their learning in all areas of curriculum whilst being committed to the wellbeing of every student.

"As teachers, we are commissioned to prepare and empower our students for their respective future pathways,'' Mr Walkley says.

During the week, opportunities exist for residents (boarders) to be involved in out-of-school-hours sporting and leisure activities such as fishing, supervised horse-riding, individual or group sports, agriculture, community garden, technics, art and drama.

Agriculture is a high-profile area of specialisation at the college. The Agriculture Studies curriculum at St Paul's provides pathways for students who wish to equip themselves for a wide range of careers within the farming sector - whether working or managing a farm, accessing post-secondary training such as marketing, agronomy, veterinary science and agriculture research.

Equine Studies has offered a unique course at St Paul's during the past 35 years and its focus is on the equestrian Olympic sports of dressage, showjumping, and cross-country.

The equine centre is located alongside the main campus and it includes stables, yards and paddocks, tack rooms, dressage and jumping arenas, a round yard, a cross-country training area, and a horse truck for training days and competitions. College horses, complete with their own saddlery, are available for students who do not have their own horse.

St Paul's is located 40 minutes northwest of the border towns of Albury/Wodonga, providing an airport with direct flights to Melbourne and Sydney.

Discover the difference at information sessions to be held in Christchurch on June 26 and Dunedin on June 27. Bookings can be made by contacting the school on