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History

The Sisters of St Joseph founded St Joseph's Primary in 1963 and were a presence in the school until 1981. The first lay principal was appointed in 1982.

St Joseph’s school serves the Catholic parish of Kingswood, which was established in 1970. The school supports the parish in its mission of evangelisation.


Mission and Vision

Learning is our work. Learning about our Catholic faith, our world and ourselves. We promote the work of the Church through our diocesan Religious Education curriculum, Sharing Our Story, and through the provision of liturgical experiences drawn from our Catholic traditions.

St Joseph’s aims to make learning relevant and purposeful, preparing students to take their place in the 21st century by developing the skills of communication, collaboration and competition to achieve their potential.


School Description

St Joseph's, located in Kingswood, presently has 270 students. The school has recently undergone extensive refurbishment of both buildings and grounds. Learning spaces are spacious and collaborative, providing facilities for both social and personal learning activities. Our grounds are well maintained and students are involved in the greening of outdoor spaces.


Educational Program

A professional and dedicated staff supports students at St Joseph’s to learn without limits. Learning spaces are comfortable and contemporary. Technology is used to engage students with their learning and provide access to the world beyond the local community. Students have access to Interactive White Boards, iPods, Laptops and an increasing collection of smaller hand-held devices such as the Nintendo DS to develop skills and enjoy learning.

Learning programs are based on the NSW Board of Studies Key Learning Areas. Teachers work cooperatively to provide a range of learning experiences for groups and individuals, meeting the needs of each learner. Both learning support and enrichment is provided within the school’s curriculum.

Students and their needs are at the heart of all we do at St Joseph’s. Learning without limits promotes lifelong learning.


Extra Curricular & Special Programs

Sporting teams represent the school in a variety of competitions. Basketball, netball, touch football, soccer, athletics, swimming and cross-country are some of the sports offered. A specialist sports teacher provides weekly lessons to all learning groups.

St Joseph’s enters teams in the Mathematics Investigation Challenge each year with great success.

St Joseph’s subscribes to Mathletics, an online mathematics program. Students access this both from school and home.

Our learning support team collaborates with class teachers to differentiate the learning for targeted students. Itinerant support is accessed for students with sensory loss, such as vision or hearing.

Our school library promotes reading by encouraging students to participate in the Premier’s Reading Challenge, celebrating Children’s Book Week and providing a friendly and interesting environment for students to enjoy learning and discovering.

Year 6 students participate in the diocesan Voice of Youth public speaking competition. All students are encouraged to enter and school finalists compete against students from other Catholic schools for an opportunity to compete in the diocesan final.

Performing Arts are an important part of life at St Joseph’s. Students prepare presentations for school assemblies and participate in the CAPTIVATE primary schools choir. CAPTIVATE is a system initiative to promote the performing arts in our schools.

At St Joseph’s we believe that music education develops all domains of learning. Students have the opportunity to learn a string, brass or wind instrument, as part of our whole class program, as well as join the school orchestra or sing in our school choir. Participation is about enjoyment and love of music, as well as learning performance skills and understanding the elements of music.

Our Dance, Act, Sing program, equips students with the confidence to express themselves through movement, words and song. Senior students participate in the Drama and Dance clubs during lunchtimes.

In 2012 St Joseph’s competed in their first ever Penrith Eisteddfod. Our Choral Verse group won the perpetual trophy for verse speaking and our String Ensemble was awarded equal 3rd place in the Primary Schools Music Ensemble section. The students were the only string ensemble and played Adagio from New World Symphony and Pachelbel’s Cannon.

Our Creative Arts program supports students in their literacy learning as well as mathematics. All students participate in a 2hr Literacy Block and 1hr Mathematics block each day. Intervention programs support vulnerable students.

The integration of the curriculum with an extended Creative Arts program enables Learning without limits...


Religious & Pastoral Programs

The school follows the diocesan curriculum, 'Sharing Our Story', reflecting on life experience, examining scripture and doctrine of the church and celebrating our relationship with each other and our God. We promote the work of the Church through the provision of liturgical experiences drawn from our Catholic traditions. Daily prayer is a regular part of the day at St Joseph’s.

Once each month, our school choir sings at the 10am Sunday Mass. Choir practice is held weekly after school. Each term St Joseph’s joins with students from other schools in the parish for an All Schools’ Mass.

Our policies and procedures for student wellbeing are based on the Positive Behaviour School framework putting the focus on student learning.

Expectations are articulated in our STaRS:

  • Safe
  • Thoughtful
  • actively
  • Responsible
  • Students

Expectations are explicitly taught to all students and individual plans are developed for students requiring more intensive support. All staff support students in living out the STaRS values.


Community/Parent Involvement

We believe parents to be vital contributors in the development of our students' faith and so all are encouraged to participate in the faith life of our community.

Our Parent Association promotes our shared goals through ‘on the ground’ support such as assisting in classrooms, excursions, sports activities and fundraising. Parents are invited to participate in school assemblies and celebrations and in the school’s decision-making process through surveys and meetings.

Parents work collaboratively with staff to provide a vibrant learning environment for all students.

 
   
  
 

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Principal

Mrs Trish Reilly

School Office Times

8 am - 4:00 pm - Monday to Friday

Address

St Joseph’s Primary
94 Joseph Street
Kingswood NSW 2747

P 4732 3999
F 4731 1432


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Contact Us

  • Click here for a larger Google Map


    Principal

    Mrs Trish Reilly

    School Office Times

    8 am - 4:00 pm - Monday to Friday

    Address

    St Joseph’s Primary
    94 Joseph Street
    Kingswood NSW 2747

    P 4732 3999
    F 4731 1432


    Please contact the school using the form below

  •  Send us an email
 
   
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