We understand the great trust you place in a school to provide your child with quality learning and care in their primary years.
Our committed staff work hard to provide contemporary, quality learning opportunities at every stage of your child's development.
At St Joseph's School, we provide a comprehensive curriculum where STEM and Inquiry Learning are deeply embedded. We support all parents and families who seek a Catholic Education for their child and initiate our students into a faith community, which embraces valuing oneself, one's community and one's relationship with God.
Our program is carefully designed to support the development needs of children in three distinct educational stages:
Students in Preschool begin their journey at St Joseph's from 4 years of age.
From Year 3 to Year 6
We support students in the Primary Years to develop literacy skills by incorporating the 'Seven Steps to Writing Success' program and composing written text across the curriculum for all students.
Students requiring additional support are offered the opportunity of the MacqLit intervention program.
At St Joseph's all curriculum areas incorporate a religious dimension in the Catholic tradition. While 'religious education' can be understood in a broad sense which encompasses the religious nature of the school life, there is also a core Learning Area called 'Religious Education'.
Religion is taught using the Religious Education Curriculum, entitled Crossways.
The Crossways Curriculum supports the integration of faith, life and culture and provides a clear framework for the development of teaching and learning within the Key Learning Area of Religious Education.
The purpose of Religious Education is to deepen students' understanding of the Catholic Tradition, to develop an appreciation of its significance in their lives, so that they may participate in the life of the Church and wider society.
Other aspects connected with, but not contained within the Religious Education curriculum, include the Made In the Image of God Human Sexuality Program and On the Holy Ground, an ecological vision for Catholic Education SA.
The Made in the Image of God program is based on the fundamental belief that humans are made in God's image and are deserved of the utmost dignity and respect. The program is delivered, often as part of an integrated curriculum approach, across each year level from Reception to Year 6 during Term 3.
We offer a comprehensive physical education program, Reception to Year 6 that is aligned to the Australian Curriculum - Health and Physical Education with a focus on movement and physical activity.
Various sporting opportunities are offered in school and after school.
Students from Reception to Year 4 participate in a week-long Swimming Program every year.
Aquatics is designed for students from Year 5 and 6 and includes water-based activities such as rowing and kayaking.
This is a fun way of engaging students who respond to more creative and social ways of being active.
This core component of our program is offered twice a year and has a focus on contemporary and creative dance awareness and performance.
These occur throughout the year and give children a valuable way of developing their skills, attitudes and expertise in specific sports and teamwork.
Students respond well to the expert coaching, and access to various sporting codes.
Your child can get involved in many sporting opportunities throughout the year to stay fit and establish lifelong friendships.
At the end of each year, our whole school community comes together to celebrate our sports program, achievements of the children and recognise the valuable contribution of volunteer parents and friends for making our program possible.
A wide variety of co-curricular sports are available at St Joseph's Hindmarsh, these include:
Competitions run throughout the year.
NetSetGO skills based sessions run after school in Terms 2 and 3 for Early Years students.
Cricket Blast - skills based sessions run after school in Terms 1 and 4 for students Reception to Year 2.
Master Blasters - modified crocket competition played at Woodville South on Saturday mornings in Terms 1 and 4 for year 2 and 3 students.
Learning languages develops an understanding of how culture shapes worldviews and extends the learners' understanding of themselves, their own heritage, values, culture and identity.
At St Joseph's our students learn Italian which extends the capability to communicate, develop intercultural capability and strengthen intellectual, analytical and reflective capabilities, and enhances creative and critical thinking.
* Australian Curriculum (ACARA)
Studies tell us that music can help the body and mind work together, develop creativity and build important pathways in the brain that can serve us positively through life.
Our contemporary curriculum at St Joseph's incorporates music in the Reception to Year 6 curriculum. We also provide other opportunities for students to develop their musical talents in specific ways, including individual tuition and live performances.
Is your child a budding piano, flute, guitar, ukuele, violin or drumming virtuoso?
Individual tuition is available from year 1 onwards during class time if you would like to make this available for your child. In year 5, your child can join our School Band and they will be invited to join in the CESA ensemble when they are proficient in their instruments.
Year 5 and 6 students who enjoy singing can participate in the annual Catholic Schools Music Festival. Through weekly choir lessons, they will learn breath control, voice production and expand their repertoire. Our choir will then join those of other Catholic schools in a 400-strong massed choir, giving St Joseph's students the opportunity to perform on stage for a supportive audience of parents and friends.
Along the way, students can audition for more prominent roles, including solo parts or can be involved in other roles such as compering the performance on the night.
A highlight for senior students each year is the 3 day, 2 night camp. These camps have many benefits for children, giving them a safe environment in which to make new friends, foster personal independence, build confidence and learn new skills, from communication, to conflict resolution to teamwork and leadership.
Year 4 students can experience similar benefits on a smaller scale across an overnight camps and Year 5 and 6 students are also invited to take part in the Vinnies Winter Sleepout.
Students can explore and express their creativity and artistic capabilities through the biennial Art Show. We display the work of students in gallery style and invite parents to a social gathering to view and celebrate the achievements of their child.
The opportunity to perform can provide valuable motivation and encouragement for students as they develop their performing art skills. Every two years, St Joseph students showcase performing arts development at a school concert attended by parents and friends.
In alternate years, our school hosts a Carols night and family picnic in the school grounds. Students and staff work together with enthusiasm and vigour for each event to provide a rich and memorable experience for everyone involved.