Service Learning

Students are encouraged at all year levels to provide support to those less fortunate on a local, national and international level.
The Edmund Rice Foundation has established a global network of assisting those at the margins. St Joseph’s has a strong connection with the Edmund Rice ministries in East Africa.  All students are encouraged to live their faith by supporting a broad range of community service activities. In doing so they develop an appreciation of their own lives and see the importance of compassion.

Supporting our College Community - The Care Group

Our Care Group was formed to assist families during times of crisis. Each year this group has done wonderful work supporting those in our community by providing meals and supplies when they are most in need.  For families in crisis, there is often little time to prepare meals for those at home and the Care Group aims to ease the burden in difficult times. Anyone who is willing to assist is most welcome to contact Adele Wilson, Principal’s Personal Assistant via email [email protected] or direct line 5226 8119. 

Supporting Causes in Geelong

In the spirit of Edmund Rice, being a member of the St Joseph's Community is an opportunity to reach out to others less fortunate than ourselves. The College is a part of a variety of Community and Charity Support Programs, students regularly participate in a wide variety of community service initiatives in the wider Geelong area including and not limited to: 

Refugee tutoring, Staffing and providing supplies to the Geelong Outreach Van for the homeless, Red Cross blood donations, Participating in Refugee School Holiday Programs, Collecting for the St Vinnies Winter Appeal,visiting local aged care facilities, assisting at Primary School breakfast programs and participating in Landcare projects. College staff often set a fine example to students by also participating in community service including continued support and volunteer staffing of Samaritan House.  

St Joseph’s students participate in a number of Community Service programs within the local and wider communities.

These include:

  • Tutoring of children who are new arrivals in Geelong, in particular those from African countries
  • Edmund Rice Camps for disadvantaged kids and families
  • Relay for Life
  • Red Cross Blood Bank
  • Clean Up Australia
  • Project Compassion
  • MOvember, raising money for Prostate Cancer research
  • Visiting aged care facilities
  • Winter sleepout
  • Helping with cooking meals for Samaritan House
  • Working on the Geelong Outreach Van for the homeless
  • Awareness raising of various social justice issues, including the Social Justice Cage
  • Casual Dress fundraising days for various charities and projects

The biggest event on the school calendar is Edmund Rice Day, in which over $20,000 is raised by the students to support the Christian Brothers with several education and medical initiatives in East Africa.

There are a number of St Joseph's College staff who also volunteer their time or donate towards community service opportunities throughout Geelong.