Principal’s Welcome

John Faulkner – Principal of St Joseph’s Primary School

Principal’s Welcome

St Joseph’s Catholic Community Primary School has as its patron, the great saint, Joseph, the foster father of Jesus. It is Joseph’s example of faith and steadfastness that inspired the Sisters of St Mary MacKillop to start our school in the Upper Yarra Valley. St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School focuses on providing quality student-centred education enriched by the values and traditions of the Christian faith. Many in our school community do not identify as Catholics, but seek to raise their children with the values of care, responsibility, respect, justice, collaboration and learning that are evident in all aspects of our school life.

We pride ourselves as being a warm, welcoming, friendly and inclusive community with a focus on parent engagement, social justice and student wellbeing. We aim to be a truly Christian community where joy, hope and ongoing growth are experienced by all. Our school is committed to the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children and young people. We work, in co-operation with parents, to develop in students respect for others, and a sense of responsibility and justice.

St Joseph’s exists to support the spiritual, intellectual, physical, social and emotional growth of each student. We provide equal educational opportunities for all students by catering for individual needs. Staff and students are encouraged to engage in a personalised curriculum that values diversity and the growth of the ‘whole person’. While there are strong literacy and numeracy programs, the school also provides weekly specialist programs in Science, Visual Arts, Physical Education, Performing Arts and Japanese. The school also provides a range of initiatives to ensure students’ emotional and social wellbeing including Friendship Groups, Clubs for gardening, art, Kids Zone, daily Huff and Puff, meditation, Seasons for Growth, as well as strong senior student leadership programs.

At St Joseph’s the students are exposed to contemporary learning techniques, centred on the ever evolving world of technology. Student engagement through the use of ICT and STEAM (Science Technology Engineering, Art, Mathematics) activities excite our students. Our developing STEAM Discovery Centre is fantastic. We are an eSmart School, embracing technology with a focus on our students becoming smart, safe and responsible users of technology with each classroom is equipped with iPads, interactive whiteboards, laptops and Chrome Books to help deliver a comprehensive contemporary curriculum.

We take pride in our school as a place of belonging, where students are given opportunities to explore their capabilities, interests and talents. Together we are ‘creating the future’.

We encourage you to take the time to thoroughly explore this website. It is being developed to answer a lot of questions relating to school life. It reflects only part of us, so if you have further questions or wonderings please do not hesitate to contact us.

John Faulkner
Proud Principal of St Joseph’s School


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