The need for a Catholic Primary School in the mining community of Karratha was recognized by the Parish of St Paul’s in 1975. Thanks to the hard work and persistence of Father Carse and the parishioners of St Paul’s, the school was constructed in 1977. It began its educational journey under the guidance of the Presentation Sisters with 80 students enrolled across Years 1 to 4 on its first day in 1978. By 1981, the school’s population had grown to 240 students.
In 1983, the school expanded to include a Pre-Primary unit. However, due to a lack of available space on the main campus, this unit was initially located adjacent to St Paul’s Church on Welcome Road, about one kilometre away. A significant development occurred in 1992 with the opening of a Pre-Primary and Library on the school’s current grounds, allowing for the consolidation of all students at one location. The first Kindergarten class was introduced in 2000, adjoining the Pre-Primary classroom.
A new chapter began in 2001 with the appointment of the first lay Principal, following the departure of the last Presentation Sister Principal in 2000.
In 2010, the school benefitted from the Primary Schools for the 21st Century Australian Government initiative, which enabled the construction of a new Early Childhood Classroom and Library. This new library was named McCarthy Library in honor of Sr Margaret McCarthy, the last Presentation Sister Principal at St Paul’s Primary from 1991 to 2000.
In 2019, a large undercover area was constructed with a basketball court that now provides shade for play during breaks and phyiscal education lessons.
Today, St. Paul’s Primary School stands as a double-stream school with over 400 students and 40 staff members, continuing its legacy of providing quality Catholic education in the Karratha community.