St Joseph’s Primary School
New South Wales, Australia
About St Joseph’s Primary School
St Joseph's Primary School is an independent co-educational Roman Catholic school teaching pupils between kindergarten and year 6. It is located in the town of Denman in New South Wales, Australia. It is a small school with 8 teaching staff taking care of approximately 80 pupils. Originally opened as St Bernard's School in Wybong in 1915, the school moved to Denman the following year. It draws students from the regions of Denman, Sandy Hollow, Martindale, Jerrys Plain and Bureen.
The school underwent a redevelopment in 2011 under the Building the Education Revolution program, resulting in a new, modern classroom, canteen and library. It also has a covered outdoor learning area and a school hall, converted from the old church.
An assortment of extracurricular opportunities are on offer to students including violin tuition, Newcastle Herald Writing Competition and Newcastle Permanent Mathematics Competition, as well as sports activities including Cross Country.
The Key Learning Areas of English; mathematics; science and technology; creative arts; personal development, health and physical education (PDHPE); and human society and Its environment (HSIE) are combined with the school's teaching of the Diocesan K-12 Religion Syllabus. This curriculum centres on history and belief; celebration and prayer; Jesus and scripture; and justice and morality.
St Joseph's Primary School strives for excellence in academics and takes great pride in expressing gospel values to give children their best possible first education and encourage them to fulfil their potential. It aims to provide “an open and caring community where social justice, honesty compassion and love are nurtured and valued.”