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Why choose our school?

St Paul of the Cross Catholic Primary School Dulwich Hill offers a contemporary learning environment that is faith filled, safe and respectful, supported by highly effective teachers whose practice is grounded in research. A culture of inquiry and innovation promotes excellent teaching and learning, while social justice initiatives and co-curricular opportunities allow children a variety of educational experiences.

Together with a supportive parent community, our warm and welcoming environment ensures children have a wonderful school experience that provides a foundation for lifelong learning.

Principal’s Message

Principal’s MessageThank you for choosing to find out more about St Paul of the Cross Catholic Primary School Dulwich Hill. Forged in relationships, we offer a variety of diverse learning opportunities for our students within a vibrant, innovative community, valuing parent participation and support.

Being blessed with the opportunity to shape the hearts and minds of children, educators play an important role within society. This immense honour comes with tremendous responsibility, ensuring that the unique learning needs of each student are identified and met so that they all achieve their full potential. St Paul of the Cross Catholic Primary School community is a place of inclusivity and kindness, where teachers have high expectations and provide a learning environment that is safe and respectful. Learning is rigorous, creative and exciting for our curious learners. 

I understand how important the primary school years are for each child and that each year is a crucial building block in their education. It is our role as educators to develop the whole child, which means the social and emotional skills we teach are just as important as the academics. A happy child is a child who is ready to learn. I believe that each student has the right to learn something new every day. This includes those students who may require extra support with their learning, through to students that need enrichment or extension, and every child in between. 


With over 20 years of teaching and leading experience across the Catholic, independent and public education systems, I am passionate about creating opportunities for student voice and developing independent learners. My knowledge and experience has been gained in such roles as; Assistant Principal, Instructional Coach, Gifted Coordinator, Curriculum Coordinator, Learning Support Teacher and Classroom Teacher.


  • Master of Educational Leadership – University of New South Wales (currently completing)
  • Graduate Certificate in Religious Education – Australian Catholic University
  • Master of Education (Gifted Education) – University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary) – Western Sydney University

I look forward to welcoming you to St Paul of the Cross Catholic Primary School and invite you to call our office for a tour.

Brooke Watson


Our HistoryHistory
St Paul of the Cross Catholic Primary School Dulwich Hill was established in 1906 when Dulwich Hill was part of the parish of Marrickville, under the care of the Passionist Fathers, whose founder was St Paul of the Cross. The primary school had eighty students and was staffed by the Sisters of St Joseph. The Sisters continued at the school until 1997 when the first lay principal was appointed.

We are proud to reflect the charism of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and as a school live by her words “never see a need without doing something about it.”
We acknowledge the rich cultural backgrounds of all who are part of our community in our motto ‘We belong together in faith and learning’ and the values of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop – faith, tolerance, courage, persistence and care for others – inspire and guide us in all we do.

Our MissionVision and Mission

Following the tradition of the Sisters of St Joseph and inspired by our beliefs and school motto: ‘We Belong Together – in Faith and Learning’

Our mission is to:

  • Know, love and follow Jesus
  • Model our lives on St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and bring hope to others

Our vision is to:

  • Encourage critical, creative and inquisitive thinkers
  • Foster a love of learning that is personalised and innovative
  • Enhance the wellbeing of every child’s social, emotional, spiritual and academic needs

Our values are:

  • Peace
  • Justice
  • Respect
  • Kindness
  • Courage
  • Compassion

St Paul of the Cross Catholic Primary School Dulwich Hill has a strong partnership with the Parish. Together we nurture the Catholic life of students and their families through prayer, Liturgies, celebrations, family Masses, social justice initiatives and Sacramental programs.

Parish Priest: Fr Andrew James

Bishop in Residence: Most Rev Richard Umbers DD VG EV PP

Mass times
Saturday: 9.30am, 5.30pm
Sunday: 8.00am, 10.00am
Filipino Mass: 1st Sunday, 11:30am
Monday: 8.00am
Tuesday: 9:00am
Wednesday: 9:00am
Thursday: 9:00am
Friday: 9:00am

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