The St Joseph’s Kingswood story began when the Sisters of St Joseph founded St Joseph's Primary School in 1963, as a second parish school for the parish of Penrith.
The Kingswood community built a 'church/school' which was used as classrooms during the week and as a church on Sundays.
The community worked hard to raise funds to build the school. Fetes, car rallies, working bees, fashion parades, cake stalls, walkathons, dances, ‘Chicken and Champagne’ nights, progressive dinners and much more were the many events held to support the growing school.
The first Principal was Sister Fidelmia, who began the school with 225 students from Kindergarten to Year 5. Sister Ferdinand had 77 Kindergarten and Year 1 students in her class.
In 1970, St Joseph’s became a Parish in its own right. Enrolments were 269 students in Years K-4. Years 5 and 6 students went to either St Nicholas of Myra at Penrith or St Dominics. Father Rosen, the newly appointed Parish Priest, was appalled at the state of the classrooms so began to work with the Catholic building and Finance Commission to alter the situation.
In 1972, four new classrooms were built which enabled the school to accommodate Years 5 and 6. At this stage St Joseph’s had an enrolment of 314. The beginning of 1973 saw the opening of 10 new demountable classrooms, a staffroom and a school office. Total enrolments increased to 385.
In 1976, St Joseph’s was provided an additional grant for further additions to the school, to accommodate an enrolment of 400 students. In 1978, a three-roomed brick Kindergarten with toilets was constructed. By 1980, the student population was 652 students, and a new 5th and 6th grade building was became the newest addition.
The Sisters of St Joseph continued to administer and teach in the school until 1981.
In 1982 the first lay Principal was appointed. Over the years, demountable buildings housed the classes, allowing the original space to serve as a church throughout the week as well as Sundays. Permanent buildings increasingly replaced demountables, and today the only remaining demountable building houses the Out of School Hours Care (OOSHC).
St Joseph’s Primary School serves the Catholic Parish of Kingswood, which was established in 1970, and supports the parish in its mission of evangelisation.
Today St Joseph's Primary is known as an exciting and innovative school where we continually strive for excellence in learning, respect in our relationships with each other, and by providing a calm, ordered and engaging environment. We are a school where there is learning without limits