Our History

Continuing in the tradition of Edmund Rice...

Edmund Rice of Waterford, Ireland founded the congregation of Christian Brothers in 1802 for the Christian education of poor boys. His example was an inspiration to others and for more than two centuries many have been attracted by his vision and generosity.

The Mission continues today on all five continents through the ministry of the Christian Brothers and laity called to serve in this vocation of Catholic Education. St Joseph’s College Geelong was founded in 1935 by the Christian Brothers, providing a comprehensive education for boys within the Geelong Region.

The College’s motto ‘Ad Alta Virtute’ translates as ‘Strive for the Highest’ reminding us that we are born for higher things - testimony to which is found in the life of St Joseph, our patron Saint.

Click on the below link to view our College Timeline

Yearbook Archive

A glimpse at the past, click on the cover to have a read of some of our archived Yearbooks - you never know, you may see a familiar face!

St Joseph's Yearbook 1935

St Joseph's Yearbook 1936

St Joseph's Yearbook 1937

The Josian Yearbook 1935 - 1945

The Josian Yearbook 1944

Virtus Yearbook May 1948

Virtus Yearbook August 1948

Virtus Yearbook December 1948

Virtus Yearbook May 1949

Virtus Yearbook December 1949

Virtus Yearbook May 1950

Virtus Yearbook August 1950

Virtus Yearbook August 1952

Virtus Yearbook December 1952

Virtus Yearbook December 1953

The Josian Yearbook 1958

Virtus Yearbook December 1983

St Joseph's Yearbook December 1954

Virtus Yearbook December 1960

Our College Chapel

The Chapel has been the spiritual home of St Joseph's College right from its beginning. Read more about our College Chapel and the meaning behind the stained glass windows in the booklet below: 

Past SJC Principals

Click on the images below to read more about the past Principals of St Joseph's College Geelong.

 Principal 1935

 Principal 1941

 Principal 1941

 Principal 1942

 Principal 1945

 Principal 1950

 Principal 1956

 Principal 1959

 Principal 1965

 Principal 1971

 Principal 1974

 Principal 1980

 Principal 1983

 Principal 1989

 Principal 2000

Ad Alta Magazine

Click below to read through some of the past editions of the Ad Alta Magazine. This is the magazine for produced annually for past students of St Joseph's College Geelong.