St Joseph's is a Catholic School with its own special features. Key features of our school are:

  • The Special Character of the school is evident through the positive interactions between staff and students.
  • Our school was established in 1889 by the Sisters of St Joseph: We still have Sisters of St Joseph, who are part of our school community.
  • We are a pastoral area school with strong ties to Sacred Heart Church, St Peter Chanel and Our Lady of Lourdes.
  • Our School's Catholic Character provides the heart to all learning and living opportunities provided to the students of St Joseph's School.
  • All students participate in daily prayer, weekly liturgy and/or Mass … with open invitations to community to attend.
  • Staff commit to work with parents and students for students to be the best person they can be.
  • We use Jesus as a role model.
  • Our school rule of treat others as you would like to be treated.
  • A comprehensive and student centered Religious Education programme is taught school-wide.
  • A pastoral care programme operates for students and families.
  • We have a strong peer support programme led by our Head Boy and Head Girl.
  • There are may programmes in  operation across the school including: health and well-being officers, homework buddy programme, peer tutors, PAL leaders, Green team, Student council, buddy class system.
  • Sports teams all take the field with the expectation to display fair play and good sporting behaviour principles.
  • An annual Year 8 Retreat and Annual Leavers Dinner is held.
  • Many leadership opportunities are offered to seniors especially the Mary MacKillop award programme.
  • Behaviour (relationship) management is based on problem solving and resolving (restorative practices).
  • Attitudes and values (Gospel Values and the Good Shepherd Statements) provide the cornerstone to learning progress across the school. 
  • We have four Houses; Jerusalum, Nazareth, Galilee and Bethlehem. House points are awarded for individual and group efforts across the curriculum, sporting events and Good Shepherd Values.