Why Choose St Joseph's
Choosing the right education for your child is one of the most important decisions you will ever make.
As parents, carers, or grandparents you have a choice - and the right - to offer your child the best education available.
The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle proudly hosts some of the best schools in Newcastle, Maitland, the Hunter and Upper Hunter, Lake Macquarie and Manning regions.
Catholic schools offer a unique educational experience which forms the child or young person as a person of integrity, compassion, faith and wisdom. Catholic schools also work closely with their local parish to enhance in students a capacity to make sense of their world, to make judgements and to recognise the uniqueness of others within a faith community. Non-Catholic families are welcome to enrol at St Joseph’s.
Each school has a supportive community of teachers, parents, carers, P&F committees, clergy, parishioners, and support staff who work together to focus on students; encouraging success, promoting discipline, supporting creativity and instilling compassion. This means that Catholic schools don’t just teach religious studies, they seek to develop spirit, mind, body and character and cultivate Gospel values that support lives filled with joy, endeavour and hope in the future.
Each Catholic school has a commitment to focusing on each individual child’s ability, offering a unique array of educational, creative, sporting and formation opportunities for students.
Finally, Catholic schools offer peace of mind to parents; knowing they’ve made the right choice and the best investment for their child’s future. It is because of this and the many opportunities available to students that we believe choosing a Catholic education, is the right choice to make.
WHY DO FAMILIES CHOOSE ST JOSEPH’S?
Quality Teaching and Learning
St Joseph’s Primary School, Kilaben Bay, enjoys a proud reputation of high quality teaching and learning. We place a high emphasis on providing the best possible education with the richest learning experiences for our students across the curriculum. At St Joseph’s, we strive to create a collaborative and engaging learning community where all learners are supported and encouraged to achieve their unique potential by using their God-given gifts. We value child-centred learning and are committed to providing a range of learning opportunities that recognise individual differences and allow all learners to experience success. Academically, the school continues to reflect excellent results and the students continue to give their personal best. The school is embracing learning technologies with tools of the digital age and encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning in a supportive and nurturing partnership with parents.
We Offer Enrichment Opportunities
St Joseph’s provides a number of programs designed to enrich the educational opportunities of all members of the school community and also recognises that some students require learning experiences beyond those of their peers. At St Joseph’s, we offer a STEM program for students to participate in workshops such as Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, as well as Tournament of the Minds, Public Speaking and Debating competitions. Our STEM resources cater for the needs of students from K to 6 and offer extension opportunities for those students working beyond stage level. Our school is committed to increasing the achievement of every student. We are proud of the rich educational environment provided for all students at St Joseph’s and our academic, musical and sporting achievements showcase our commitment to excellence.
Situated on the shores of Lake Macquarie, St Joseph’s provides a stimulating and adaptable learning environment for all students equipped with modern technology and engaging campus facilities. A large modern hall combined with a performance stage and audio visual features, a technology lab with 30 student computers, a well-resourced library and administration building and attractive school grounds ensures students are provided with high quality resources and facilities suitable for 21st century learning. All learning spaces are equipped with contemporary learning technologies including SMART Boards with built-in audio visual capacity, wireless broadband connectivity and banks of classroom laptops, computers and iPads. Our new outdoor learning play-based area has been created to provide opportunities for children to play, problem-solve and explore their creativity.
Opportunities in Sport
At St Joseph’s, we value the many skills and talents of our students in a wide range of sporting pursuits and encourage them to take advantage of every opportunity made available to them to advance their skills. Students have the opportunity to compete at representative level for school, regional, diocesan, state and national competitions in sports including netball, soccer, touch football, tennis, rugby league, rugby union, AFL, hockey, cross country, swimming, athletics and basketball. As a school, we are proud of the many notable individual and team-based achievements of our students and continue to provide opportunities for students to engage in professional skills workshops, participate in a weekly gymnastics program in Term 1, join the dance program or attend the very popular gross motor program, SMASH.
Variety of Social Justice Initiatives
St Joseph’s reflects a strong commitment to social justice through a number of community initiatives and holds a good reputation for its outstanding generosity. Students initiate and organise fundraising activities with an emphasis placed on giving in order to help those less fortunate. In 2016, the school raised $4,400 for a number of worthwhile causes. The sense of Christian community present at St Joseph’s is evident through the caring and supportive attitude of staff members and a willingness to promote the school motto of ‘Love One Another’ in every day school life. The students of St Joseph’s have a very special relationship with the residents of the local aged care centre. During their regular visits, the students enjoy the opportunity to perform and entertain the elderly residents.