St Joseph's Primary School
New South Wales, Australia
About St Joseph's Primary School
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School is an independent, co-educational Catholic school in Rockdale, New South Wales. The school opened in 1892 with 88 students under the guidance of the Sisters of Charity.
St Joseph's has been refurbished in recent years. At the beginning of 2010 the a new library, toilets and undercroft area were built and the staffroom and technology lab were refurbished.
The school offers specialist teaching in the areas of English as a Second Language, Special Needs, Reading Recovery and Gifted Education. Art, Drama, Music and PE teachers foster skill development in a variety of sporting and creative areas.
Religious Education is central to the life of the school, it includes a range of topics concerned with Faith, Relationship with Self and Others, Mission and Justice, The Church’s Liturgical Calender, Sacraments, The World, Creation and Prayer.
Extra-curricular opportunities include sporting gala days, chess competitions, Science Week, fun club, peer tutoring and Mini Vinnies. Senior students are given opportunities to participate in representative sport.
St Joseph's ethos is divided into its Vision and Mission statements. ‘We are part of a community united in the person of Jesus Christ and inspired by St Mary MacKillop under the patronage of Saint Joseph. We aspire to lead faith-filled lives according to Gospel values.’ St Mary MacKillop said "Never see a need without doing something about it" with this in mind, the schools mission is to follow the gospel values of Faith, Generosity and Love.