On behalf of the staff of St Joseph’s High School, I extend to you a very warm welcome to our school community. St Joseph’s Aberdeen is a co-educational secondary school for Years 7 to 12 students located in the heart of the Upper Hunter Region. The school operates under the governance of the Catholic Schools Office of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.
The school is situated on picturesque grounds with extensive views of green fields, rich farmlands, cattle grazing, the Hunter River and distant mountains. A uniquely beautiful backdrop provides an ideal opportunity for students to appreciate our environment as they learn.
St Joseph’s staff are deeply committed to helping students achieve their goals with a strong focus on Catholic identity and the development of the whole person within a structured and nurturing community. We recognise that learning has its greatest outcomes when parents, students and teachers form strong relationships based on mutual respect and trust. St Joseph’s excellent standing in the local community and its consistently high academic results are directly attributable to the positive relationships staff form with students. St Joseph’s has high expectations of our students, hence, the wearing of school uniform with pride, care of our school environment and the manner in which we relate to others at school and in the wider community are pivotal to the formation of well-rounded and spiritually centred young people.
The education we offer at St Joseph’s is within the context of Christ’s mission and is inspired by the spirituality of St Mary MacKillop, Father Julian Tenison Woods and the Sisters of St Joseph, who founded the school in 1896. The school takes a strong role in implementing the Gospel values of the Church and actively integrates a policy of inclusiveness in the school community. The values of acceptance, responsibility and respect are supported and developed in student learning and through service to the local community. St Joseph’s is open to all families who are willing to support the Catholic ethos and the educational, behavioural and uniform requirements of the school.
St Joseph’s High School endeavours to instil in our students the values expressed within the inspirational words of St Mary MacKillop, “Never see a need without doing something about it.”