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School Profile


The community of St. Joseph’s is committed to a Catholic educational goal that forms the whole child in faith and knowledge. Coupled with this aspiration, is the belief that learning is a life-long pursuit and this is reflected in our motto, ‘with Christ we grow’.

St. Joseph’s is a co-educational P-7 primary school with a total current enrolment of 345 children.  The school’s demographic would be predominately ethnically and socio-economically homogenius, but this being said, we are extremely proud of our children who can trace their heritage to lands and cultures that go beyond the shores of Australia.

St Joseph’s is also enriched by the contribution of our students who can claim cultural links to our Indigenous, Torres Strait and Islander communities here in Mackay. All students and their families are welcome at St Joseph’s and we view cultural diversity as an asset for our community. St. Joseph’s offers a Catholic education for all children.  Participation in all curriculum areas including religious education, sport and cultural events are encouraged.  There are numerous opportunities for both children and their parents to be fully involved with the school.

School Advantages

Where action speaks louder than words, there are many advantages for attending St. Joseph’s (North Mackay) including: -

  • The commitment of the whole St. Joseph’s community to the education of our children in a school environment embedded in the Catholic faith.
  • The support of the family and the parish, our Catholic school strives for academic excellence.
  • An educational community that nurtures all aspects of your child including the spiritual, academic, emotional, social and physical.
  • Being a part of a pastorally oriented school our children are well prepared for the rigors of high school life.
  • Parental support and involvement that promotes a strong sense of community.
  • A strong moral sense where all children are encouraged to learn, make informed choices and act responsibly.
  • Modern and technologically relevant classrooms, resources and modes of lesson delivery.

Our Educational Community (Snap –Shot):

St. Joseph's offers a holistic, varied and integrated curriculum for students from Prep to Year 7.

St. Joseph's provides two class groups from Prep - Year 6 and one Year 7 class ( Year 6 & 7 being the Graduating Years for 2014, as Year 7 makes the transitions to High School from 2015 onwards in Qld schools). Included within our curriculum delivery are Technology and HPE specialist lessons, school sporting and cultural opportunities, and meaningful prayer experiences.
Extra curricular activities at St. Joseph's include sporting, academic and cultural pursuits. Our students are encouraged to ‘have a go’ and always give their best.

A particularly strong sports’ culture exists at St. Joseph's with the school participating in interschool swimming, athletics and cross country.
School sporting teams include Rugby League, Hockey, Touch Football and Netball. Opportunity to participate in Swimming, Athletics and Aussie Rules is offered throughout the year.
St Joseph's participates in the Mackay and District Netball Competition and Vickie Wilson Cup.

The St Joseph’s Rugby League and Netball teams participate annually in the 'Challenge Cup’ at Yeppoon. Challenge Cup is a diocesan Catholic Primary School competition held every year for Junior Rugby League and Netball.

At St. Joseph's, we believe that cultural experiences allow children to develop self-confidence and co-operation in an exciting and dynamic environment.

Speech & Drama lessons are offered during lunchtimes and after school, by a private teacher, to students from Prep to Year 7.
Students from Years 4-7 are given the opportunity to participate and perform at numerous school and community events including Assemblies, Masses and Mackay Eisteddfod.

Students are given the opportunity to be involved in our school instrumental program through Musicorp. This program has students from Years 1-7 learning woodwind, string and percussion instruments. There are also independent specialist teachers who offer piano and guitar.

Every three years, St Joseph's presents a whole school musical, which is one of the highlights of a child's cultural experience at St. Joseph's. These original musicals are written and directed by the dedicated staff of St. Joseph's and brought to life by our students.

Students from Years 6 and 7 are given the opportunity to participate in the Mackay and District Primary School’s Regional Debating.

The school enters students from Years 3 to 7 in the ICAS competitions; and students from Years 6 and 7 in the McDonald’s Maths Challenge.
Each term, students from Year 7 are selected to participate in an Extended Learning Program which offers challenging activities aimed to extend their knowledge and experience.

Students participate in a number of community fundraising activities for charity including Red Nose Day, Shave for a Cure and Biggest Morning Tea.
Students from Prep–Year 7 march annually in the Mackay Region Anzac Day Parade.

St Joseph's is committed to a quality, inclusive, Catholic Education.  We believe that rights and responsibility go hand in hand and we believe that behaviour modification and consequence should be educational and just.
Buddy Classes are determined at the beginning of the school year, with a lower year level class being ‘buddied’ with an upper year level class.  These classes participate together within everyday school activities and contribute to building a sense of community between classes and across the school.

Our Pastoral Care Worker works two days a week, and is very well utilised throughout St. Joseph's.  Students and parents spend time with this staff member and benefit greatly from this time.

St. Joseph's Outside School Hours Care Program operates from 0700-0815 and from 1445–1800  in the evening, and caters for our children from Prep–Year 7.
St. Joseph's Vacation Care Program also operates over school holiday periods.

Regular School Assemblies celebrating individual and class achievement and the celebration of important Public and Faith/Feast Days are an important part of developing the social and cultural life of our Catholic  school.

Liturgy and prayer form a consistent part of our school life.

Our St. Joseph's School Board and P&F Association are two organisations that contribute in a  very positive ways towards the well being of our school.

The P&F Association is a tireless group within our school who raise much needed funds for a variety of resources.  Parents can also assist in the tuckshop and library.

A family school, St. Joseph's utilises our parents within classrooms through Learning Support programs such as the Reading Assistance Program (RAP). 

Parents are also involved in everyday class activities and co-ordination of sporting teams and cultural performances. 

Our school encourages parents to attend parent information sessions at the beginning of each school year and, when necessary, the school further communicates curriculum initiatives to parents.  Student progress is reported via annual parent/teacher and 3way (parent/teacher/child) interviews; and twice yearly written reports.

Communication with parents is encouraged and supported by weekly school newsletters and  via fortnightly class newsletters.








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