St Joseph’s aims to provide opportunities to develop and cultivate leadership qualities within all students. We aim to instil in students a strong sense of social justice through the service of others.
Students from Kindergarten to Year 6 are all eligible to become school leaders. After a speech from interested students and a student vote, plus approval from the principal in consultation with the school staff, the successful students are presented with their leader badges at the Catholic Schools Week Mass in Term One of the following year.
The leaders perform a number of ceremonial roles on special occasions. They meet and liaise often with the Stage 3 teacher and principal. The leaders are responsible for setting a good example of being responsible, respectful and safe at all times.
They have responsibility for the care of sports equipment, maintaining house enthusiasm in sporting activities, representing the school at community functions – ANZAC Marches, local Bulahdelah Show and Tea Gardens Festival, Australia Day celebrations, Clean Up Australia Day - as well as school-based activities such as working bees.
The leaders see a major part of their role to be problem solvers and forward thinkers. The leaders run the Mission Day activities throughout the year and other social justice initiatives as they present.