The teachers at St Joseph’s are committed to assisting all students to reach their academic potential through a range of academic and cultural endeavours outside of the classroom. 

  • Debating – students participate in enrichment days and Diocesan competitions to develop their debating skills 
  • Public Speaking – students participate at the school and Diocesan level to develop their speaking skills 
  • The Law Society of NSW Mock Trial Competition – students learn advocacy, debating, and problem-solving skills 
  • Creative Writing Enrichment Workshops – students learn to enhance their imagination and creativity skills through writing 
  • Science and Engineering Challenge – in partnership with the University of Newcastle, students develop their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) skills outside of the classroom environment 
  • Experiment Fest – in partnership with the University of Newcastle, HSC students improve their skills and knowledge using a hands-on approach to scientific experiments 
  • Forensics Workshops – students observe tests carried out in a forensic laboratory and the process of scientific evidence to solve crimes 
  • Drama Fest – students have a unique opportunity to develop their drama skills with other students and performers 
  • Bell Shakespeare Workshops – students experience the work and skills of members of this national theatre company that specialises in the works of William Shakespeare 
  • Onstage – students watch outstanding HSC Drama Performances live on stage 
  • Encore– students listen to outstanding HSC Music Performances 
  • Japanese Language and Cultural Immersion Days – students experience the language, food, and culture of Japan. 
  • ASPIRE - is an audition-based drama, dance, music, and creative and performing arts program that provides benchmark quality training for students from Years 5 to 11. ASPIRE provides opportunities for students with a passion for the performing arts to grow, perform and shine. 
  • DioSounds - is an initiative of the music teachers in the Catholic Schools of Maitland-Newcastle and showcases the incredible musical talents and skills of students across two shows at the Civic Theatre
  • ICAS Assessments - individual optional assessments for a variety of subjects across most year levels.

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