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.


When children live with tolerance,

They learn to be patient. 

When children live with encouragement,

They learn confidence.

When children live with security,

They learn to have faith.

When children live with fairness,

They learn justice.

When children live with praise,

They learn to appreciate.

When children live with approval,

They learn to like themselves.

When children live with acceptance and friendship,

They learn to find love in the world.