A school that prepares for life

St Joseph’s College is a recognised leader in boys’ education. Our continuous innovation in curriculum, pedagogy and wellbeing is a hallmark of what we offer. We understand boys and work to ensure their academic, emotional, physical, social and spiritual needs are enhanced.

In 2022, two new multi-million-dollar buildings open which feature STEM, Robotics, Science, Digital Technologies, Visual Arts and Performing Arts.

There is a dedicated Year 7 area as well as a magnificent Senior School for Year 11 and 12 students.

Students are provided with a diverse range of experiences which contribute to their development.

Each boy is involved in a relevant and engaging academic program based on 21st century learning.

The program challenges his intellect and allows him to gain knowledge and develop skills essential for academic success and life beyond school.

He is exposed to a number of contemporary and proven pedagogies with modern learning spaces aimed at allowing him to achieve his potential.

Multiple pathways are offered including VCE and VCAL as well as a range of VET subjects, all designed to cater for individual interests.

The College supports students with additional needs including those who require intervention with literacy and numeracy.

Our Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program provides an opportunity for students to learn within an advanced setting.

Students also have the opportunity to accelerate in their learning by undertaking VCE subjects at an earlier stage.

The St Joseph’s College classroom is a place where students are encouraged to learn both independently and collaboratively. They learn that it is safe to stretch themselves in order to gain important insights and skills.

The Health and Physical Education, Sport and Outdoor Education programs provide all students with an opportunity to undertake physical activity which is a vital component of healthy development.

A High-Performance Sport Program provides students with access to specialist coaching, mentoring and skill development.

The College is a member of Associated Catholic Colleges (ACC) competition. The ACC focuses on inter-school Sport, Music workshops, Arts and Technology experiences, Chess and Food Technology activities.

The College provides opportunities which enable students to express themselves through the Visual and Performing Arts. We have an extensive Languages Program in which boys study Italian and Japanese.

Exchange and overseas trips to Italy, Japan and Kiribati feature in our offerings. Exposure to other cultures through the International Students Program adds to the richness of experiences.

The students’ interest in technology is catered for through the ICT program and opportunities to undertake technology-focussed studies. Each student is unique with diverse skills and interests.

Relationships are central to boys’ emotional and psychological wellbeing. Authentic relationships are the linchpin of interactions between the students and their teachers and in the interactions they have with each other. Students know they are cared for and that there are people and processes at the College to nurture, guide and look out for them. The classroom is a place where relationships are formed, with opportunities for collaborative learning. In the playground, those relationships are strengthened.

Boys are men in progress. We provide an atmosphere where students are exposed to and develop strong values and a sense of community, where strong personal and professional relationships are modelled in every interaction they have.

The tradition of St John Bosco, the expertise of a group of professional and dedicated teachers and an environment where learning is accessible yet challenging and achievements are celebrated assist boys in developing into the finest young men according to each boy’s unique capacity.

Our mission is expressed through our commitment for all students to share in the light of Christ so they can develop into mature, faith filled young men, able to thrive in an ever-changing world. We are fortunate enough to be supported by the charism and heritage of the Salesians of Don Bosco.

In keeping with the Spirit of St John Bosco whereby education is a matter of the heart and leads young people to ‘know that they are loved’, the Salesian School community of today is challenged to be:

  • A Home that Welcomes
  • A Parish that Evangelises
  • A School that Prepares for Life
  • A Playground where Friends Meet and Enjoy Themselves

Students attend reflection days designed to complement the work covered in Religious Education classes and other activities at the College that promote faith development.

The different themes are linked to the foundational philosophy of Salesian Youth Spirituality and the educational philosophy of St John Bosco: Reason, Religion and Loving Kindness.

Central to the philosophy of the Salesians of Don Bosco is a strong sense of social justice.

As a way of developing this important quality, students are encouraged to offer practical support to those in need in our local community and throughout the world. This practical support includes raising awareness and funds for our Salesian Missions.

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