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St Joseph's College Hunters Hill NSW

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St Joseph's College Hunters Hill
Mark Street
Hunters Hill
Sydney North-West
02 9816 0900
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Mr Michael Blake
  • Secondary School
  • Single School Location
  • Integrated Boarding Campus
  • Outdoor Education Campus
  • Catholic
Years 7 to 12
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St Joseph’s College has been at the forefront of secondary education in Australia for 140 years. An independent Catholic school, we endeavour to guide boys to become confident, resilient and caring young men who will make a positive contribution to society.

Joeys, as we are affectionately known, is a comprehensive school that gives students of all abilities an opportunity to shine and reach their academic potential. A culture of inclusiveness is fostered actively. Each boy is encouraged to achieve his own personal best – to pursue excellence in all that he attempts.

The College motto In Meliora Contende – Striving for Better Things – encapsulates this ethos, providing a bedrock principle all boys can live by. It works in tandem with You’ll Never Walk Alonethe song of unity and mateship that Joeys students roar at sporting events and other celebratory occasions.

The College provides a balanced education, incorporating a variety of learning, spiritual, physical and recreation experiences. We are famous for our outstanding academic, cultural and sporting achievements and links to the local and international community and rural Australia. We are also the largest all-male boarding and day school in the country, bringing together a rich diversity of students from different backgrounds and locations. The cherished city–country connection is one of the defining features of Joeys life. 

Marist Brothers founded the College in 1881. Their values of presence, simplicity, love of work, family spirit and the way of Mary inform everything we do. The Catholic faith is central to our vision. We strive to provide boys with a quality education that draws faith, culture and life into harmony. We give boys access to exceptional learning opportunities within a compassionate and highly supportive Christian environment.

Above all, Joeys is about developing young men of character and integrity. Respectful, well-rounded men who will approach the wider world with courage and humility.

The opening in 1957 of Joeys 55-yard swimming pool, a memorial to the Old Boys who died in World War I and II, marked the first new construction at the College since 1894, when the main stone building was completed.

The 1960s was an era of major development at St Joseph’s as the number of students attending secondary school surged across Australia, including at Joeys, and a sixth year of high school (the Higher School Certificate) was introduced.

In 1959, buildings that since the 1880s had served as laboratories, wool-classing and music rooms, a shelter shed, assembly hall, picture theatre and gym, were demolished in preparation for a new classroom and laboratory block, the Pius X wing, its 1961 opening attended by then Prime Minister Robert Menzies. The school’s original two-storey wooden building, in which the first students lived and studied, had been demolished in 1895.

By 1967, the first HSC students were housed in a new Year 12 accommodation block of individual bed–study rooms for 172 boys, making Joeys a national leader in facilities for boarders. New dormitory accommodation for Year 11s had also been built, as well as common rooms for both senior years, a 182-seat lecture theatre, further new classrooms and laboratories, and specialised rooms for Art and Music.

The Br Liguori Resources Centre, designed and built according to the best and latest ideas internationally in modern school libraries, opened in 1976. Marking the College’s centenary year in 1981, the Br Emilian assembly hall, incorporating a basketball court and gymnasium, followed five years later.

The Joeys sporting facilities are all located within walking distance of the main school campus in Hunters Hill. Via the Mark Street gates, visitors will access the College pool, indoor and outdoor basketball courts, College A, B and C rugby fields, music and drama performance and rehearsal space, along with the Br Emilian Hall, Farrell Audtorium, and Br Michael Naughtin theatre.

The main playing fields (1,2,3, and 4), Lower Park football field and the College Tennis centre are located within a five minute walk from the Mark Street gates, on Augustine Street Hunters Hill.

Throughout the summer sport season, cricket is played on College A and B, which is located on the main campus, through the Gladesville Road gates.
The Joeys Boat Shed is home to our rowing teams, and is located at Joly Parade Hunters Hill.

The College’s Visual Arts building, completed in 2013, was conceptualised as a space of transformation. Boys entering the state-of-the-art facility know immediately that they are in a different thinking and learning space to other areas of the school. Flooded with light from enormous windows looking across the school’s Back Ovals and beyond, the building is a series of dynamic studio spaces connected to each other in a design that fosters creativity and collaboration.

Within the one senior and three junior multi-purpose studios are the resources for teaching and learning, from Year 7 to the HSC, the practice and theory of Visual Arts including printmaking, painting, sculpture and drawing. There is also a digital studio, a lighting studio and a dark room, with photography a popular component of the Visual Arts program.

The versatility of the studio spaces also allows for the hosting of an artist-in-residence each year, and the work of boys from Years 7 to 12 is celebrated annually through the Student Art Exhibition held in the College’s Farrell Auditorium.

Year 7 to 9 dormitories are located on the upper floors of the College’s historic sandstone building, where boarders have been sleeping since the 1890s.

The facilities, however, are greatly enhanced compared to years gone by, including in the larger space assigned to each boy.

In modern, comfortable, attractive dormitories fully refurbished in 2013, each year group has its own shower block and each boy has a bed, small desk and a locker in his press area, which is where he keeps all his possessions.

During down time in the dormitories, the boys can play ping-pong or pool, or watch a movie in dedicated TV areas with plenty of space to lounge.

The open, inclusive nature of the dormitory design in these junior years contributes to the formation of strong, family-like bonds between boys in the same year group, and boys who are themselves engaged and happy, supported by friends and compassionate boarding staff who live on-site or close to the College.

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St Joseph’s College has a proud reputation as one of Australia’s leading independent Catholic schools. For 140 years, our College has educated boys to become confident, intelligent and compassionate young men, capable of making a valuable contribution to their world.

The College was founded by the Marist Brothers in 1881 and Catholic faith values are central to everything we do. We strive to provide boys with a quality education that draws faith, culture and life into harmony. We give boys access to exceptional learning opportunities within a caring, compassionate and highly supportive Christian environment.

The St Joseph’s College community celebrates learning, recognises achievement and rewards those who continually strive to do their best. It is important to encourage our young people along their journey of learning and growth, so they are compelled to use their talents in the service of others. We endeavour to help them develop their skills, along with a strong sense of social justice, so they will make a positive difference to their community, their nation and their world. Our Catholic faith values and our Marist spirit underpin everything we do and set us apart from other educational institutions.

A distinctive feature of the College is the strong sense of community spirit that unites students, families, Old Boys and staff.

As members of the Joeys family, we work together towards common goals and hold the spirit of St Joseph’s close to our heart. The very strong sense of belonging is strengthened by the never-ending support and encouragement that exists within the Joeys community. It is a unique experience that is humbling and a true honour.

St Joseph’s prides itself on being a comprehensive College where students of a wide range of abilities are given opportunities to achieve their full potential. We focus on providing boys with a balanced education, incorporating a range of learning, spiritual, physical and recreation experiences. Joeys is renowned for its outstanding academic, cultural and sporting achievements and links to the local and international community and rural Australia.

Today’s schools are places of fast-paced, individually tailored learning. Students use tools that were invented less than a decade ago, and embrace new technologies quickly and easily. They demand instant access to information, and have such advanced skills that it could be easy to forget our students are still adolescents learning to deal with issues and problems that – in today’s society – are increasingly complex. At Joeys, we strive to provide a balance that caters for boys’ learning needs in this age of technology.

The students are at the heart of everything we do at the College. We are here to help boys – entrusted to us by their families – find genuine fulfilment, happiness and security in their lives. Our support and encouragement goes far beyond the time students leave us at graduation. As a College community, we take great joy and strength from our ongoing relationship with our Old Boys and their families. To be part of the Joeys family is truly a gift for life.

Mr Michael Blake

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