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.
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 do not 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 student’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 FAMILIES CHOOSE ST JOSEPH’S?
St Joseph’s provides an individual educational environment to cater for all students; needs. The high quality education offered by St Joseph’s and our commitment to focusing on each individual student and their ability provides peace of mind to parents knowing they’ve made the right choice for their child.
The education offered by St Joseph’s is also unique for Bulahdelah; not only is there a focus on quality education, but also in forming the child as a person of integrity, compassion, faith and wisdom. A strong Anti-Bullying Policy ensures that all bullying and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated in our Christian-based school. While having sound Christian values, the school follows the “You Can Do It” Program, which gives students the skills to become strong, independent learners.
MODERN RESOURCES AND TECHNOLOGY
Our students and staff enjoy the comforts of a modern, air-conditioned and well-resourced teaching environment in a pleasant rural setting. St Joseph’s has a strong focus on Information Technology, with a well-equipped library, laptops in each learning area and interactive SMART Boards used regularly in classrooms. We also have the ability to collaborate with schools across the diocese and the world via our video conferencing connection. The large, beautiful grounds include a soccer field, covered play equipment, basketball court, cubby house and peace garden. A Learning Support Teacher and Teacher Librarian are on staff to assist students and a range of environmental initiatives including a vegetable garden, chickens, frog pond, weather station and native gardens are integrated into the curriculum.
WHAT WE OFFER AT JOSEPH’S
Quality teaching is provided by exceptional educators at Joseph’s and we recently had a one hundred percent growth in NAPLAN, which is the biggest growth for the area. Our school offers pastoral care and personalised counselling for students in need and we also:
- Offer small class sizes to cater for individual needs
- Have SMART Boards and up-to-date technology in every classroom
- Are a ‘Sun Smart’ and ‘Crunch and Sip’ school
- Grow our own vegetables
- Have and care for our own chickens
- Visit the local nursing home
- Perform at local events, e.g. Myall Rivers Festival
- Provide opportunities to compete in sport at a state and national level
- Offer an annual school musical and art exhibition
- Offer choir and an environmental group
- Participate in the regional Bulahdelah Show
- Provide a private bus to collect children from Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest every school day
- Offer an Early Starters Program for new Kindergarten enrolments before they commence school. This is a free full-day classroom experience with a classroom teacher.