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 don’t 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 child’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.

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FIVE REASONS TO CHOOSE ST JOSEPH’S FOR YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION

1. A CHILD-FOCUSED, CHRIST-CENTRED CATHOLIC SCHOOL

The faith and spiritual dimension of St Joseph’s is based on the Making Jesus Real philosophy, enabling students to maintain positive relationships through their words, actions and dealings with all people.

2. FLEXIBLE AND ENGAGING LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

St Joseph’s provides flexible learning environments that promote academic excellence. The rooms are designed to be multidisciplinary and provide communal spaces which can be configured in a number of ways for specific learning experiences, allowing for both collaborative and personalised learning.

3. AN EXTENSIVE RANGE OF OPPORTUNITIES

Students at St Joseph’s have the opportunity to extend their learning and broaden their experiences in the classroom, on the sporting field and in the creative and performing arts domain. These incorporate digital technology, music, dance and drama; as well as many opportunities to showcase students skills and talents.

4. CULTURAL DIVERSITY

St Joseph’s is a unique school community that celebrates and appreciates the rich cultural diversity of its students. We are a multicultural community with 25 different cultural backgrounds, including Anglo Australian, Aboriginal, Indian, Chinese and Filipino. As a school, we acknowledge and celebrate our diversity through teaching and learning and significant events such as Harmony Day and NAIDOC week.

5. STRONG FOCUS ON THE ENVIRONMENT

St Joseph’s is an environmentally friendly school that provides students with many opportunities to connect with the natural environment. The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program is an educational facility that integrates learning across the curriculum, allowing students to learn valuable skills in maintaining several garden beds, harvest, how to care for and prepare vegetables and fresh herbs.