Enrolling in a Catholic School

St Joseph’s is a systemic Catholic, co-educational secondary school that is part of the Diocese of Maitland Newcastle. Located in Lochinvar, our College serves the educational needs of the Catholic community from the Parishes of Branxton, Cessnock, Lochinvar and Rutherford, and the surrounding regions. In keeping with our Josephite Tradition we want our students to develop into young people who, in their family, work and community life, will understand and practise presence, passion, courage, passion, hospitality and humility in order to transform our world into a more socially just and peaceful society.

Catholic schools are centred on the person of Jesus Christ and are called to live and proclaim the message of the Gospel. Supported by, and in collaboration with, the Catholic community of which they are a vital part, Catholic schools encourage staff, students and their families into a personal relationship with Jesus, challenging them to find, through Him, meaning and value in their lives. Enrolment in a Catholic school enables the local Catholic community to offer support to parents in the faith education of their children.

Does my child need to be Catholic to attend St Joseph’s?

No. St Joseph’s is open to all who want to share its educational goals, in a community founded on Christian principles. In accordance with each school’s enrolment vacancies, preference is given to students who are baptised Catholic and who live in the local parish and then to children of Catholic families from other parishes who wish to enrol. However, schools are open to all who wish to be guided in their education by the principles and teachings of Christ.

All families and their children, Catholic or non-Catholic, are invited to have a Catholic education but must be willing to participate in the religious life of the school.