Our staff are expert in boys’ education and our curriculum and pastoral care programs are designed to meet the very specific needs of young men, whilst seeking to challenge common stereotypes and prejudices. We believe that in a single-sex learning environment, boys are less susceptible to social pressures and may confidently develop their own identity, explore their masculinity and take on leadership roles.

Providing meaningful direction for boys’ energy requires specialist understanding and tolerance. We are fortunate to have first class sporting facilities on site. Other curriculum opportunities such as camps and outdoor education programs are also tailored towards boys.

St Joseph’s College caters for all young men irrespective of their academic ability. We have a proud tradition of students achieving excellent VCE results. Our VCAL, VET in Schools and School Based Apprenticeship programs provide similar results for those interested in pursuing apprenticeships and traineeships.

Teaching and learning at St Joseph’s is focussed on the pursuit of excellence. Striving for academic achievement has a strong emphasis, and is promoted via a rich array of programs and support activities. Literacy and numeracy are prominent at all year levels. All courses and their delivery challenge students to reach their highest possible achievement.

During Years 11 and 12, students from Clonard College and Sacred Heart College attend some classes at St Joseph’s and vice versa, providing students with a very wide subject selection during senior years.

Every Student Is Given the Opportunity for Success

We provide the opportunity for all students to participate in a broad, innovative and well balanced curriculum, based on the Key Learning Areas: Religious Education,  The Arts - Design, Creative and Performing, English, Health and Physical Education, Languages - Italian and Chinese, Mathematics, Science, Business Studies, Humanities, Food Technology, Information, Materials and Systems.

Year 7 students are assisted in the transition to secondary school by maintaining stable class groups throughout the year for all subjects. Our Pastoral Care program includes group activities, a camp and the Peer Support Program where Year 10s help the younger boys to settle in. This allows Year 7 students to develop confidence in their new school and provides an understanding of their subject options in following years.

Students in Year 8 will continue to experience a range of subjects from each of the Curriculum Domains, building on from the Year 7 program. Students will undertake 7 core subjects as well as have the opportunity to select subjects of their own choice from The Arts and Technology curriculum domains. 

The journey of the Year 9 students continues at our Westcourt Campus where boys participate in an inclusive and innovative curriculum. Based on research and discussion with other schools, we are confident that the boys’ transition back to Senior School will be enhanced by the increased confidence and awareness gained from their sense of belonging to the year level and of the gifts they bring to the group.

Year 10 students have the opportunity to build an individual pathway into their senior years of schooling. Within the Year 10 program, students are able to undertake work experience, community service and many extra-curricular activities. As well as a strong and varied Year 10 program, students can apply to undertake a specialist Vocational Education and Training (VET) subject and/or a Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) subject

A diverse range of VCE units is offered at either St Joseph’s College, Sacred Heart College or Clonard College. Curriculum is also enhanced and career opportunities broadened with a variety of  Vocational Educational and Training (VET) units that can be completed in conjunction with schools or with the Gordon Institute of TAFE. Students also have the option to enrol in the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) or to complete School Based Apprenticeships. The addition of the Joseph Innovation Trade Training Centre has widened learning opportunities for students in their senior Years at SJC.