School inspiring students daily
ST JOSEPH’S Primary School prides itself on the methods used to inspire creativity and learning in students and emphasise inclusiveness towards the community.
St Joseph’s principal Ben Gray said the role of the school was to not only teach the kids in the classroom but to also incorporate a variety of programs in the curriculum.
“The idea of community is at the core of the St Joseph’s Primary philosophy,” Mr Gray said.
“Our education is grounded in our values and ensuring that school is a success for every child and they have an opportunity to grow and develop here.”
Being accessible to all people in the community is another of the school’s main objectives.
“We offer our students quality education and have managed to keep our fees the same while really trying to keep it minimised,” Mr Gray said.
“Essentially our fees are down to just over $30 a week for a single-child family and that cost incorporates everything from textbooks to excursions and visiting workshops.
“It’s the idea that all parents really need to provide their child is a pencil case.”
What parents contribute with school fees is a crucial element to the success of St Joseph’s Primary School.
“There are a lot of things our students get to be a part of that we use to bolster the idea of learning,” Mr Gray said.
“Things like learning to swim at our swim classes or being part of the arts and cultural activities, we offer a lot of opportunities to our students.”
St Joseph’s looks upon its educating with the idea of also teaching character in its students.
“At the end of the day it’s the notion that we are a community of learners,” Mr Gray said.
“On behalf of staff and students, we would like to sincerely thank and wish our graduating class of 2016 all the very best, they have the gift of St Joseph’s now and they have the opportunity to go out and use it.
“The St Joseph’s gift is the idea of a well-rounded citizen and a community contributor, it stays with our students long beyond when they leave here.”
Mr Gray dispelled the myth that it is too costly to send a student to St Joseph’s.
“We want St Joseph’s to be accessible for everyone and there are concessions available for families,” Mr Gray said.
“The big thing for us is accessibility for the whole community and offering opportunities through our school community.”
There are still spaces left for the 2017 prep classes.
SWIMMING LESSONS: St Joseph’s students in swim class.
SCHOOL LEADERS: The 2016 St Joseph State School class of leaders.