Our School

About Us

St. Joseph’s Primary School begins strong in our Centenary Year

Our school was founded by the Sisters of St Joseph in 1923 and has developed a strong tradition in the local community guided by the Gospel values of respect, compassion, courage and unity. As we gear up for our 100th year, we look forward to reflecting on and celebrating our educational journey thus far and into the future.

At St Joseph’s we place a strong emphasis on engaging students in a faith-based education where high standards are maximised in all areas of the curriculum, particularly in English and Mathematics. We provide an environment which encourages all children to be confident and excited about learning that enables every child to reach their full potential in a rapidly changing world. We believe the child is at the centre of all learning and we recognise that students are individuals – each with their own distinctive learning needs and styles.

The small number of staff and students creates a close-knit school community, where staff, students and parents work together to create an excellent educational experience and an effective pastoral care system. Our dedicated and highly professional teachers adjust curriculum learning progressions to suit the ability of each child. We believe that the social, emotional, moral, spiritual, intellectual and physical wellbeing of our students is pivotal to student health, safety, learning and success. St Joseph’s has trained intervention teachers and teacher aides to assist children who experience difficulty in these crucial areas and to extend and challenge high functioning learners.

Well-resourced with technology and modern facilities, St. Joseph’s has the tools to assist in creating innovative teaching. Our students have access to specialist subjects in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM), Auslan and Physical Education.

The school gardens create a safe, stimulating outdoor area where the students can appreciate and enjoy outdoor learning and recreation. We have a unique Indiegnous edible garden with a yarning circle, this is a must see!

We are focussed on building in our students a foundation of faith, values, knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to create a lifelong passion for learning. You do not need to be Catholic, we are an inclusive school. 

We welcome and are looking forward to the many opportunities, over the year, to reflect and celebrate with you, St Joseph’s Primary School!

The truth about Catholic schools

  • We welcome students of all religious and cultural backgrounds. Catholic education is open to all who seek it.
  • We have high academic standards – not all our time is spent on Religious Education.
  • We believe in science and accept the theory of evolution. Our faith and science co-exist so students get a full picture of the world around us.
  • Our schools have evolved a lot over the last few decades. We work to give our students the best chance to succeed in a modern world.
  • Students, staff and families at our school thrive by being calm, confident, curious, caring and creative.
  • Collegial planning supports evidence-based practice and targeted teaching, including appropriate learning adjustments, enabling every child to learn.
  • Extreme religious beliefs have no place in our school. Rather, we encourage students to question and make sense of the world around them.
  • Our fees are very affordable and fee concessions are available to families experiencing hardship.

Vision Statement

Giving witness to the charism of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop, St Joseph’s Catholic School is a welcoming, supportive community, respectful of the dignity of every person. We strive to build a learning community where all experience a sense of belonging so that each person can work towards developing their potential with confidence.

Inspired by the life of Jesus, we strive to develop a relationship with God.

In partnership, we aim to promote curious and confident life-long learners.

At St Joseph’s we foster respect for all and work to build strong connections with the community.

School Philosophy

St Joseph’s philosophy is enacted through our teaching and care for students. Our philosophy guides our teaching, strategic plans and governance decisions.

As a Catholic school, St Joseph’s Primary School responds to the teachings of Jesus and fosters values that enrich our lives. Our curriculum provides opportunities for students to explore, experience, learn, find their strengths and sustain a strong sense of service to others.

St Joseph’s community based approach to learning provides children with security and establishes an environment which encourages parents to become partners in their child’s education. We focus on the development of the whole child and give our students the individual care and attention they need to be successful and to flourish as curious learners.

School Organisation

2023 Staffing:

  • Parish Priest: Fr. Heip
  • Principal/ Learning Adjustment: Kirsten Daly
  • Administration Officer: Amanda Robinson
  • Mackillop Class Teacher (F/1/2): Holly Jamieson
  • Colman Class Teacher (3/4/5):  Jill Dunphy
  • Xavier Class Teacher (6): Evan Rutherford
  • Learning Support Officers: Liam Pashos, Jess Morgan, Viv Kenny
  • Languages:  Program, Auslan, supported by class teachers
  • STEM: Evan Rutherford
  • Visual Art/ Mental Heatlh & Wellbeing: Jennifer Miralles
  • Play Theraphy: Robyn Eaton
  • School Chaplain/ Garden: Hans Van Wilgenburg
  • School Services Officer: Anna Wilson

Class Organisation:

Classes at St Joseph’s are organised to best suit the educational needs of the students. Multi-age classes provide children with a sound academic, social and emotional education. These classes are an extension of the families from which the children come, and in them students experience interaction and cooperation with older and younger children. Opportunities for initiative, leadership, the development of self-esteem and the acceptance of responsibility continue the experiences of family living. During some subjects, classes will join together for collaborative learning opportunities to get the best opportunites from staff and students.

In 2023 we have the following class groupings:

  • Mackillop class – Years Foundation/1/2
  • Colman class – Years 3/4/5
  • Xavier class – Year 6

Australian Democratic Principles

We at St Joseph’s Primary School acknowledge Australian democratic principles, including:

  • elected government
  • the rule of law
  • equal rights for all before the law
  • freedom of religion
  • freedom of speech and association
  • the values of openness and tolerance.