We, at St Patrick's, are dedicated to the task of creating a school atmosphere permeated by the Gospel, spirit of freedom and love. Our staff, students and parents are challenged to the invitation of Christ, to be his followers.
We believe in creating an effective teaching and learning situation, to help our students to become inquisitive and motivated learners.
Our current enrolment is 370 students, from Kindergarten to Year 6.
Our School History
In response to the perceived need of the Catholic community of Cessnock, the first Catholic School commenced in January 1887 by the sisters of St Joseph’s. St Patrick’s Church at Nulkaba was used for this purpose.
A new church was built in 1893 and the Church-School was now fitted with permanent fixtures and the building converted to St Patrick’s school. On 15th July 1906 a hall measuring 50ft X 20ft was moved to the High Street site and furnished as a school. It also served as a temporary Church. It was known as St Joseph’s Church-School.
In 1936 a new brick Mt. St. Joseph’s School on Bridge’s Hill replaced the old Hall. This served as a Primary School and later as a Junior Secondary for girls. There was also a Catholic School at Bellbird from 1937 to 1958. In 1937 St. Patrick’s School was relocated from Nulkaba to Wollombi Road. The 1970’s saw the completion of a new brick complex at St Patrick’s.
In 1996 the new Administration Building was opened with a much larger library. The staffroom was also refurbished.
In 2008 new Administration, canteen and meeting facilities were opened. The pioneers of the school were the Sister’s of St. Joseph’s. We recall with gratitude the faith and dedication of the pioneer priests, sisters, teachers and parents of the Catholic Community who laboured tirelessly to establish the Faith and Christian traditions we espouse and value today.
2012 saw the opening of new facilities funded by the Building the Education Revolution grant. On completion of the works, the school was delivered a new school library, computer room equipped with 30 computers, two classrooms, a multi purpose room, office and storage space.