The prevailing ethos at SJC is one of collaboration with the many partners involved in the education of each student. The relationship between the parent, student and teacher is of utmost importance and SJC provides many opportunities for parents to be closely involved in their child's education. SJC provides a just and safe environment in which students thrive and learn to be active faith filled citizens. Our motto, Peace Through Justice, guides and inspires us to recognize the rights and responsibilities of each person. Being a Catholic secondary school, we value the Gospel teachings, our community, and, the art and science of teaching and learning. It is important to us that we work in strong partnership between College and parents to create opportunities for each young person to grow spiritually and academically. Each student is valued as an individual and quality time is spent assisting their unique development both within and beyond the classroom. We are currently extensively re-shaping and extending our senior school curriculum pathways to cater specifically for the new leaving age of 17 years. It is our aim that all students will exit with their HSC or a VET certificate, or both, and that they will be effectively prepared for life after secondary school.
SJC draws inspiration from several sources. The life of St Joseph teaches us about obedience, emotional support and hard work. The local coastal environment and the green Tweed Valley reminds us about our responsibility towards the planet and all its living creatures. Pope Pius XII’s words and actions gave us the dove and our motto, Peace through Justice, to remind us that we are all called to be active promoters of peace.
SJC is an open entry co-educational school which offers a broad range of subjects covering all the fields of education: Catholic Studies, English, Mathematics, Science, French, Art, Drama, Music, Geography, History, Economics, Business Studies, Personal Development & Health & Physical Education, TAS: Food Technology, Information Processes and Technology, Design and Technology, Textiles and Design, Industrial Technology (Multimedia & Timber).
Our broad view of each learning stage:
Year 7 is a year of Transition – becoming an SJC student and an independent learner.
Years 8 & 9 consolidation of Middle School – seeking and building knowledge banks.
Year 10 preparation and pathways planning – a strong focus is on individual mentoring for the future.
Years 11 & 12 branches into diverse pathways for future stages of life and learning.
Our students are supported and enriched by a team of Special Needs teachers and the Gifted and Talented group.
Our students are encouraged to be active and youthful. They have many choices for additional experiences among these fields:
Public Speaking, Musical groups & soirees, Dramatic events: Night of Notables, On Show, The Musical, Eco Warriors.
Outreach programs: St Vincent de Paul Society Youth Conference, Christmas Appeal, 40 Hour Famine, Red Shield Appeal.
Ambassadors for the College: College Expo, Anzac Day March, Hosting Open Days.
Sports & Sporting events: Swimming & Surfing, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Hockey, Touch Football, Softball, Rugby, Netball, Soccer, Recreational activities such as Water Polo, Aqua Aerobics, Fishing, Ten Pin bowling, Beach Volleyball.
A constant refurbishment program maintains our College. We have built these facilities to enhance learning for your child:
Arts Centre with large performance area, 5 Computer Labs, 4 Science Labs, Unique Canteen, Learning Information Centre, extensive sporting fields, Commercial Cooking centre, Food Technology kitchen, Special Education centre, Uniform Shop, Careers room, Technology and Applied Studies wing.
We invite you to take a virtual tour on our website.