St Joseph’s Catholic College provides a safe, caring and supportive environment in which each student is shaped by her relationship with Jesus in the Catholic tradition and is inspired by St Mary of the Cross MacKillop to make a difference in the world.
St Joseph’s Catholic College places significant emphasis on the celebration of Liturgy in the community. Liturgy is a central part of the rhythm of the school year with important times such as the beginning and end of the school year being marked by liturgical celebrations. Other significant school days and events such as St Joseph’s Day, Mary MacKillop Day, JJAMM Week, Year 12 Graduation, Retreats and Reflection Days have liturgy at the heart of the celebration. In addition to the calendar of the school year, St Joseph’s is also attuned to the liturgical seasons of the Church’s year. Liturgical events mark the significant days and seasons of the Church’s year such as Ash Wednesday, Holy Week and the seasons of Advent, Lent and Easter.
Celebrating Being Catholic Together
St Joseph’s works closely with Catholic Youth Broken Bay and systemic schools in the Diocese of Broken Bay to provide the opportunity for students to experience the Catholic Church in positive, youth friendly and dynamic ways. The college facilitates the regular involvement of its students in World Youth Day, the Australian Catholic Youth Festival, Praisefest, Youth Alpha etc
As a Catholic College we are challenged to share the social mission of the Church. Social justice education at St Joseph’s aims to provide the students with the knowledge and skills where students can identify the causes of social injustice and advocate for positive and effective change. St Joseph’s social justice advocacy and action is informed by the Gospels of Jesus Christ, the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, and the life and work of Mary MacKillop.
Social Justice action at St Joseph’s includes:
- The work of a weekly Social Justice Group that is open to all students at the college
- Students volunteering locally at Coast Shelter, Vinnies Breakfasts and Mary Macs
- Participation in immersion experiences in Warmun in the Kimberley, Timor Leste and Mumbai, India.
- Fundraising for Caritas, Mary MacKillop Today, Catholic Mission etc.
Retreats and Reflection Days
Every year group at St Joseph’s participates annually in a Reflection Day or a Retreat. Our Retreat and Reflection Day program is an integral part of our mission of holistic, Catholic education.
All Retreats and Reflection Day programs aim to:
- be centred on Christ
- be true to our Catholic life and mission
- be relevant and engaging to the student’s stage of life
- provide regular opportunities for the students to reflect on their spiritual life and deepen their connection with God
- empower students to participate in their own regular prayer life
- provide opportunities for reconciliation and inter-personal growth as members of our college community