Choosing the right education for your child is one of the most important decisions you will ever make.
As parents, carers, or grandparents, you have a choice — and the right — to offer your child the best education available.
The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle proudly hosts some of the best schools in Newcastle, Maitland, Hunter, Upper Hunter, Lake Macquarie and Manning regions.
Catholic schools offer a unique educational experience that forms the child as a person of integrity, compassion, faith and wisdom. Catholic schools also work closely with their local parish to enhance in students a capacity to make sense of their world, to make judgments and to recognise the uniqueness of others within a faith community.
Each school has a supportive community of teachers, parents, carers, Parents & Friends committees, clergy, parishioners, and support staff who work together to focus on students. Together, they encourage success, promote discipline, support creativity and instil compassion. Catholic schools don’t just teach religious studies, they seek to develop spirit, mind, body and character and cultivate Gospel values that support lives filled with joy, endeavour and hope in the future.
Catholic schools have a commitment to focus on each individual child’s ability, offering a unique array of educational, creative, sporting and formation opportunities for students.
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Finally, along with the many opportunities available to students, Catholic schools offer peace of mind to parents. They know they have made the right choice and the best investment for their child’s future.
Why Families Choose St Joseph’s
Our Catholic Faith and Tradition
St Joseph’s Primary School, Charlestown, aims to create a learning community that promotes and models Gospel values through all aspects of the life of the school and provide its students with a quality Catholic education. Inspired by the work and spirit of the Sisters of St Joseph, we seek to incorporate the charisms of the Josephite order into our daily school life. Nestled in a lush bush setting, St Joseph’s provides a stimulating environment for children to learn and play. The recent construction of new buildings and refurbishment of existing facilities ensures our school community is equipped with modern and engaging learning environments in which to deliver our comprehensive curriculum. As a Catholic school, St Joseph’s is committed to ensuring every child is given the opportunity to achieve their very best within the classroom. The partnership between home and school is strongly promoted and valued at our school as teachers work closely with parents to ensure individual needs can be met.
We Offer Contemporary Learning
St Joseph’s is a custom-built school designed to facilitate team teaching and meet the needs of contemporary learners, allowing for both collaboration and personalised learning. With a focus on open-plan learning, teachers can work in pairs and share resources to effectively plan and deliver their contemporary learning methods. The staff at St Joseph’s embrace this philosophy wholeheartedly to ensure the needs of students drive their teaching agenda.
Our large open-plan classrooms allow for flexible learning spaces and an individual approach to classroom layout. The purchase of contemporary furniture allows the teacher and the children to personalise their learning spaces.
St Joseph’s is well resourced with modern facilities and technology. Our integration of learning technologies in all key learning areas gives students access to current technology such as interactive SMART Boards, iPads in every classroom, laptops and wireless internet throughout the school. Years 5 and 6 use a BYOD program that enhances the teaching and learning experiences across the Stage 3 curriculum. The contemporary learning approach used at St Joseph’s ensures our staff provide academic support that is personalised and responds to the learning needs, interests and experiences of each student.
Opportunities in Sport
St Joseph’s offers a range of sports across both our internal and external sporting program, giving students the opportunity to compete at representative level in swimming, cross-country, athletics, netball, tennis, soccer, rugby league, rugby union, touch football, AFL, cricket, basketball, hockey and softball. As a school, we pride ourselves on providing a variety of experiences for every child with our weekly in-school sports program where students can participate in gymnastics, dance, tennis and basketball. Many students have attained notable achievements in a variety of local, regional, diocesan, state and national competitions in both team sports as well as individual-based sports.
We Encourage Creative Pursuits
Creative Arts is a curriculum area recognised as a strength at St Joseph’s. All students have the opportunity to discover, strengthen and express their creative abilities through music and drama. Students are taught by a specialist music teacher and also have the opportunity to join the school band and receive tuition onsite for band instruments. Our school choir also performs at school liturgies and local community events. A well-developed drama program ensures students are exposed to a variety of mediums where they can express their talents beyond the school setting by joining ASPIRE, public speaking and debating programs, and Tournament of the Minds.
Parent Information Book
For more information about St Joseph’s Charlestown please read our Parent Information Book.