The primary purpose of St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School is to support the members of the parish community in providing a faith formation for their children. The school fosters a commitment to the individual person and provides opportunities for academic, cultural and sporting achievement. St Joseph’s offers students a Catholic education based on the teaching of the Church and within the context of a strong faith community.
Our parish school continues to provide many opportunities for the faith and spiritual growth of the students as well as opportunities to excel in academic, cultural and sporting areas. All of these areas combined to ensure that our school’s mission was lived out daily in the life of the school.
The students’ achievements and accomplishments are proudly showcased. Students work is continually displayed in classrooms, on school noticeboards, in the school office and on class webpages. School achievements are highlighted and celebrated at many school assemblies. Our focus is to continue to build on the reputation that St Joseph’s has earned as an exemplary school. The following list provides an indication of the school’s academic achievements:
• Our school excells academically and this has been reflected in our excellent NAPLAN results.
• Many students participate in the University of New South Wales (UNSW) competitions with distinctions and credits being achieved.
• Primary students from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 attend Enrichment Workshop days in Literacy, Numeracy, Science and Technology, PDHPE and Creative Arts.
There are many opportunities throughout the year for our school to be represented at community and cultural events. The following list provides an indication of the school’s cultural program and community involvement:
• St Joseph’s students represent our school at the ANZAC Day Dawn Service and participate in the ANZAC Day March.
• Students perform at Carols by Candlelight in Woodburn and Evans Head.
• St Joseph’s students participate in parish Masses during Holy Week, Catholic Schools Week, Advent and Christmas ceremonies.
• Students participate in NAIDOC Week celebrations.
Students perform well at various sporting events during the years. The following list provides some examples of sporting highlights:
• A significant number of students get selected in zone and diocesan sporting teams in a variety of sports.
• Stage 3 students participate in the Paul Wilson Soccer Shield competition.
• Many students represent the school at zone and diocesan level in swimming, cross country and athletics.
There are many people who assist in the school’s quest for excellence. In particular special thanks are extended to the parent body and the school staff for all their generous efforts. St Joseph’s is indeed blessed to have such dedicated and enthusiastic people.
Mrs Jeanette Wilkins