Dear Parents and Guardians,
May I extend to you all a very warm welcome to Saint Joseph’s School. I hope your association with the school will be happy and fulfilling in every respect. You are the prime educators of your children, and with their commencement at school you now enter a partnership with the school for this next phase of your children's education. This partnership will be successful to the extent that it is based on mutual support, co-operation, and above all mutual respect.
Saint Joseph’s is a Catholic School, and by enrolling your children here you are affirming your commitment to Catholic Education, and to the values and belief system that it upholds. The Patron of the school, Saint Joseph was a man who is simply described in the Gospel of Matthew as ‘a just man' – someone who always did what was right. He is a fine role model for all of us as we strive to be men and women of integrity who value justice, and who strive to pass on this quality to the children entrusted to our care as parents and teachers.
Our school is a work of the Church, and an important part of the parish life. Our Parish Priest, Father Michael Carroll, sm, is a regular visitor to the school, and he ensures liturgical and Sacramental celebrations are available for the children. There is a rich prayer life in the school with daily class prayer, assembly prayer, and the fostering of devotion to Mary and the Saints. The school motto – “Truth and Respect” expresses the centrality of Christ to all that we are and do at the school. Jesus proclaimed himself to be the Truth, and he gave us the commandment to Love. We cannot love ourselves or others without first respecting ourselves and others. Living this motto is to strive to follow Jesus by fulfilling this commandment of love.
Here at Saint Joseph’s School we seek to educate the whole person. We endeavour to cater for the wide range of needs of the children - religious, moral, social, intellectual, physical, emotional, and aesthetic; and in doing so hope to provide a secure learning environment where children have the opportunity to achieve their potential. We promote in a special way the ideals of respect, honesty, tolerance, co-operation, and a genuine concern for the welfare of others.
In conclusion I ask for your support of and co-operation with the school in all matters. The success of the partnership we are about to undertake is dependent on honest and open communication; and on parental involvement in the school in a variety of ways - P & F activities, classroom assistance, tuckshop, working bees etc. We have a proud history of active parental involvement - please do your part to keep this tradition alive.
Again, a warm welcome to you all, to Saint Joseph’s School. May Jesus and Mary bless you and your families and keep you all safe in their loving care.