SJC Paints the Piano Bar Pink!

Raising money for the McGrath Foundation to place specialist Breast Care Nurses wherever they’re needed Australia wide.

Join us on Wednesday 10 October from 6:00 - 10:00pm at The Piano Bar, 26 Malop St, Geelong VIC 3220

• Live entertainment
• Finger food 
• Auction & raffles
• Drinks at bar prices

Tickets - $25

Book Online:
Show your support & wear a touch of pink!

★Year 10 Formal★
★ SJC ★ Clonard ★ SHC ★
Club Italia, Moolap

7:00pm – 10:00pm , Wednesday 22 August

Drop off by 7.15pm at the latest. Red Carpet Theme. 

Later drop offs or early pick ups must be approved by YLC with note from parent/guardian. 

Students are encouraged to car pool to the event. There will be no parking at Club Italia.
Cars are to enter at the front gate, drop off/pick up students and exit via front gate. No student is to enter/exit via the
Bellarine Highway – all students must enter/exit from within the front gate.

Semi-Formal dress code

(Girls – appropriate dresses and shoes, Boys - slacks and shirt with a collar)

Tickets are $10.00 per student and are to be purchased before 17 August.  Boys are to purchase tickets from you in HR for $10. The money raised will go towards The Sexual Assault and Family Violence Centre.
Boys need to keep their ticket for entry into the event and are encouraged to write their name on the back of the ticket for door prizes. 

Drinks and snacks will be available
Hot chips $5, drinks $3.50
Any absence at school on the day of Formal will mean you are unable to attend.
Non-attendance on Thursday 23 or Friday 24 August must be with valid reason presented to the YLC.

The Parents & Friends will be holding a Fun Food Day for students to enjoy at the Edmund Rice Campus. Both Recess and Lunch will be extended with food stalls located in the Quad and the Cricket Pavilion. 
Students will need to remember to bring some money if they wish to purchase from the stalls. The Canteen will be closed this day. 
Purchase of food is NOT compulsory. 
Students are welcome to bring their own lunch. 
Gluten Free options available. 

On Friday 27 July, SJC celebrates Diversity Day. With no two people sharing the same story, Diversity Day is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all within our community (near and far), regardless of cultural background, sexual orientation thoughts or emotions.

To celebrate, students are encouraged to wear a ‘different and/or funny’ tie for the day
All students are invited to the Zampatti Oval precinct for activities and music at lunchtime (Carey Oval and O'Driscol Oval will be closed at lunch)
              Lunch Activities include:
Staff vs Student Netball game on Aphrasia St courts (selected students)
Staff/Student mini games on Zampatti Oval (anyone to join in on the day)
Band playing on the Cricket Pavilion decking to entertain.
Sausage sizzle and donuts for sale (limited number)

The Year 8 into Year 9 information evening is to inform parents of the learning structure at Westcourt and to showcase the many Challenge and Enrichment subjects that will be offered in 2019. The evening is a great opportunity for parents to learn more about the Westcourt Campus and to ask questions of the Westcourt staff about the subjects. Please note that the information evening is held at the Edmund Rice Campus not at Westcourt. Sign in sheets will be available in the Gym foyer. 

We have 10 Lucky winners of our MEGA RAFFLE! Congratulations to: 
Julie Wray
Ticket Number: #1799
One Semester of tuition fees at SJC - Value $2760 or a $2000 Helloworld Travel Voucher

Leanne Trethowan
Ticket Number: #885
$700 Jim's Mowing Voucher

Juanita Barnes
Ticket Number: #789
The Sands Torquay Accommodation and dining voucher valued at $500

Bernadette Killury
Ticket Number: #1228
$500 Ghanda clothing voucher

Julie Kaye
Ticket Number: #1213
$200 Live Wire Park Lorne voucher

Jody Bourke 
Ticket Number: #1501
$200 Pizzas with Attitude Party deal

Louise Walters
Ticket Number: #436
$200 De Grandi's voucher

Erin Blackley
Ticket Number: #700
Geelong Football Club merchandise pack

Julie Kaye
Ticket Number: #1214
2 General Admission tickets to Adventure Park Geelong

Deb Lewis
Ticket Number: #1558
$50 63 Degrees Cafe Voucher

Thank you to everyone who supported our raffle by purchasing tickets or sharing with family and friends. You have all contributed to making a difference here at St Joseph's College Geelong! 

Today, more than ever, we need a global movement to demand the safety and rights of refugees are protected. In Australia, it is the responsibility of our Government, and each one of us to ensure people forced to flee from their homes can live with dignity and with hope.

A ‘Refugee’ is a person; boy, girl, woman or man, a human being with a beating heart just like you and me.  And the refugee experience can be prolonged or it can be fleeting. Today there are more refugees than ever, and only by standing together #WithRefugees can we begin to change this.
St Joseph’s would like to show their support and stand #WithRefugees.

What’s On?

  • A limited number of “HSP” (Halal Snack Pack) meal deals including soft drink will be on sale for $10 at lunchtime from the Cricket Pavilion

  • Staff v Student soccer match on Aphrasia Oval
  • Combined Refugee Action Group (CRAG) stall
  • Daily refugee facts will be posted in the student bulletin during the week
SJC Parents & Friends Bring A Friend Night

Tuesday 31 July – from 6:30pm in the SJC staff room.

We would love to see anyone who maybe interested in hearing more about the St Josephs College Parents & Friends, come along to the annual 'Bring a Friend Night'

If you are a new parent to SJC this year, or have been here for a few years…. the more the merrier!! Come for a chat, and find out what the Parents & Friends do at SJC while enjoying a bite to eat and drink on the night. All parents & carers are warmly welcome.

The evening should conclude by 7:30pm.

RSVP for catering including names for guests, direct to Natasha: [email protected]

On Thursday 28 June, bring a donation of warm clothing or blankets to give to the Vinnies Winter Appeal in exchange for wearing casual dress to school.

Let's help keep people warm this winter. 

Our VCAL students are holding a photo exhibition of their works for 2018. Come along and view the fantastic and varied images as they showcase their work. All images are available for purchase with profits going towards Wombat's Wish - supporting bereaved children to deal with grief. 
Entry is free - however we ask you to RSVP online

Reunion Year Groups: 

1978, 1983,1988,1993,1998, 2003, 2008, 2013 & 2017. 
Open to past students & staff only.


Tour of the College at 6:00 -7:00pm followed by reunion in the Paul Tobias Centre Staffroom from 7:00pm -10.30pm. 

St Joseph’s College Geelong, 135 Aphrasia Street, Newtown.


$15 per head includes finger food
$20 per head for non - SJOCA members. 

(students graduating from 2007 onwards are automatically members)

Drinks at bar prices. 


Smart casual. 

Bus to Geelong:

A bus will depart at 10pm for those wishing to travel 
into Central Geelong. 

Book Your Tickets Online:

Save time and effort by pre-booking your tickets online. 
Please book by Wednesday 30 May by visiting:
For further information contact Julie Cole at the College. 
Phone: 5226 8149 or Email: [email protected]

You could WIN a Thermomix!

The most advanced kitchen appliance around, Thermomix unites the functions 
of 12 appliances in one compact unit. 

2nd Prize: Akoya Day Spa $100 voucher at Barwon Heads Golf Course
3rd Prize: $50 dining voucher at 63 Degrees Pakington Street
4th & 5th Prize: Little Creatures Brewery tour & tasting for four

Funds raised from the raffle will be used by the Parents & Friends to support the Bursary Program for needy families at St Joseph’s College. 

Tickets are $20 each 

Get in quick limited tickets (600) for sale

Buy your tickets online:

Click on the link below to purchase:

If you cannot access online tickets, you can purchase tickets 
directly at St Joseph’s College Geelong Edmund Rice Campus

Mothers, Grandmothers and special women are invited to attend a Mother’s Day Mass at St Joseph’s College Geelong.
This is a wonderful way to acknowledge the care and support that special ladies make in the lives of our students.

9:30am Friday 11 May 2018 in the Br O S Adams Centre (Gym).

Come along and share the morning with your boys. The Mass will be followed by a light morning tea. 

RSVP for this event is now CLOSED

Enquiries contact Natasha [email protected] 

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from international guest speaker Richie Hardcore (NZ) and local documentary maker and author, Maree Crabbe
Students and parents/carers are welcome. 
Parking and entry via Queen’s Road.  

This is a FREE community event, RSVP online.

Maree Crabbe coordinates the violence prevention project Reality & Risk: Pornography, young people and sexuality. Supporting young people and the community to critique the messages about gender and sex that are conveyed through mainstream pornography, and to promote understandings of relationships and sexuality that are based on respect, equality, mutuality, communication and consent.
Richie Hardcore is a passionate social change campaigner, sexual consent educator, public speaker, fight coach and personal trainer. 
He uses his strong social media presence to actively promote awareness and activism in the fight against domestic and sexual violence, and drug and alcohol abuse.

Don't miss this opportunity to hear from these guest speakers along with a local Q&A panel.

Dear families
It is my pleasure to welcome you and your son into the St Joseph’s College learning community.
I extend a warm invitation to you to an important gathering on Tuesday evening 20 February 2018. 
This welcome evening is for parents/carers of new students only and we do not expect students to attend. 
The evening will be held in the Br O S Adams Centre (gymnasium) and will commence at 7:00pm and we expect it to conclude approximately 8:30pm. Guests are asked to be seated prior to 7:00pm.

For Year 7 parents/carers this will be followed by time in your son’s Homeroom with his Homeroom teacher and subject teachers. 

For new parents/carers of Years 8-12 you will meet Mr Michael Goss, the Director of Curriculum and Mrs Gemma Gray, the Transition Coordinator following the presentation in the gymnasium. This opportunity will provide everyone with an overview of the expectations of students, answer any queries you may have and inform you of arrangements and expectations relating to transition and significant year level events. 

Even though some of you might have had a boy at St Joseph’s previously and have attended similar meetings before, we ask you to remember that each of your sons is different, and we would like to emphasise how important it is for them to see you involved and taking an interest in their education.

Car parking will be available on Queens Road and O’Driscol Oval with the Br O S Adams Centre located on Queens Road. Enter via Gate 6.  

We ask that you RSVP your attendance via the link below by Tuesday 13 February.
We look forward to your company and I look forward to meeting you on the night. 

Tony Paatsch - College Principal

RSVP Below

* Required

The Fashion Dinner will be held on Thursday 20 September 2018 in the President's Room at GMHBA Stadium. Raising money for the communities of Mannya and St Joseph's PS Kensekka.  This event is always a popular one, tickets will be $100 each and tables will seat a maximum of 10 guests. Includes 2 course dinner and fashion show. 
Please find all the details below, spread the word to friends and get ready to book your seats. We look forward to seeing you this year.

Book early to avoid disappointment as this event has sold out in the past! 

To all of our fathers, male guardians, grandfathers, brothers, and any ‘male mates or mentors’,
You are cordially invited to attend our Annual Father’s Day Breakfast which will be held on Friday 31 August, from 7:30 - 8:15am in the Br OS Adams Gym.
A hot breakfast is supplied on the morning (bacon & egg roll, tea, coffee and fruit), 
making this a wonderful opportunity to interact with your son, his peers, other fathers and teaching staff.  
There is no cost, this is our way of saying thank you to the male role models that play a part in the lives of our students.

RSVP is essential so we can properly cater for the breakfast. 
To confirm your attendance to this special event

RSVP online by MONDAY 27 August:
We look forward to seeing you there

Time & Space for Mother's & Sons - Year 7

St Joseph’s College Geelong is delighted to offer you an opportunity to experience a lifetime memory with your son at the annual ‘Mother and Son’ Evening.

This innovative single evening program is part of some special transition events that we offer our Year 7 students and it is happening here in our school community on the evening of Wednesday 1 August.

Times of transition can be a major event in our boys’ lives. As their ride on the adolescent roller coaster continues, their teenage years fly by. They are growing up and the opportunity to reflect on the challenges and the joys being faced by you and them is one not to be missed.

This is a great night for the boys as they witness their mothers discussing what it means to them to be a mum (or mentor) and see how you handle the ‘letting go’ process as they start to forge some independence.

We are bringing Bill Jennings to our school to facilitate this unique experience for you. Bill is the creator and founder of ‘Time & Space’ (, a service he has developed to give people just that – ‘time and space’ for parents and their children to share important moments together in a school community setting. This program has a whole range of memorable moments that include carefully guided interactions with other mothers and their sons.

Mothers will emerge from the night reassured and impressed by the way our students are able to speak up and share insights about their life. And be assured that the night is fun too… full of activities and conversations that will make us smile as well.

Come along and enjoy a unique gift – dedicated time with each other in the midst of the special community atmosphere that we have here at St Joseph’s College.

To register please visit the link:

Or email [email protected]

This helps with our activity planning for the session.

This session is exclusive to Year 7.

If you have any other enquiries, please call Director of Identity Michael Wright on (03) 5226 8176.

We know that families come in all shapes and sizes and not all mothers can attend an evening such as this. A female mentor such as a grandmother, aunt or family friend is welcome to attend.

Year 7 Mother and Son Evening

Wednesday 1 August 2018

Br O S Adams Centre (Gym)

6.45pm for a 7.00pm start (finish by 9.15pm)

Interviews will be held in the College staffroom next Tuesday 24 July from 4.00pm-7.00pm. Parents are asked to book interview times through their PAM accounts. If you have difficulties logging in or you have forgotten your account details, please email [email protected] 

Each year the College presents a Senior Years Subject Expo showcasing the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and Vocational Education and Training (VET) subjects, the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) pathway and VITA. An important feature of the Expo, is the presence of post-secondary education providers represented by the major universities and various vocational education institutions. I would like to encourage senior students especially our current Year 11 and Year 12 students to visit the Expo and engage with the universities and vocational providers as it is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable information about courses and the institutions themselves. The expo will be held in the Br OS Adams Centre Gym from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Parents, carers and students are welcome. 

  • Senior school subject displays and information booths
  • Information sessions on Senior School programs and pathways repeated every half hour located in various rooms adjoining the gym 
  • Representatives and displays from major Universities
  • Parents, Carers & students welcome. Come one come all!

Grab some family or friends and spend a fun Friday night doing some Trivia - everyone is welcome!

Tables seat a maximum of 10 people, BYO drinks and snacks. 
We will have plenty of space in the College Gym and if it is chilly we will have the heaters ON. 

Tickets only $20 each with funds raised going towards supporting Mental Health Week and the projects and initiatives of our wonderful Parents & Friends.

Come and support our College Community and test your brainpower with questions from our trivia master!


Forget your ‘First World’ problems and raise money for communities in East Africa & Edmund Rice Camps on the Edmund Rice Day Cross Country. 
Enjoy a great day of celebration & activities at SJC! 
Students are asked to raise money to support those less fortunate and return donations by 26 April. 

What's on?
Mass, Cross Country then heaps of awesome afternoon activities, games, Edstock battle of 
the bands, staff v student gaelic football and more!
  • Mass will be held in the morning followed by the Cross Country 
  • Bring water bottle, recess & lunch
  • Canteen will only be open at lunch time
  • Wear sports uniform 
  • Don’t forget your hat and sunscreen
  • The afternoon will have a range of activities running to be followed by the Staff vs Student Gaelic Football match

A Ceremony will be taking place in Mary's Chapel at the Westcourt Campus. Parking entrance off Douglas Street. 
For information and to RSVP  contact Patrick Prendergast Email: [email protected] 

Get your team ready! All abilities welcome.

book online:

All past mums, friends and staff of St Joseph's College are welcome to join the Josephine's for their Autumn Dinner.
To be held at Truffleduck, Balmoral Receptions. 

Tickets are $50 each and include a delicious 2 course dinner. 

Book your tickets online:

The SJC House Athletics Carnival will take place on: 
Friday 9 March at St Joseph’s College 
Time:  Admin from 8.30am to 8.50am. Students should go to Homeroom to have their names ticked off the roll. They will be then given permission to head off to Zampatti Oval for the opening ceremony. Late comers must report to the office to get a late pass so you are registered as being at school.
Age groups:  Ages are taken from 1 January 2019
ie. The oldest you will be this year is the age group you are under.
Uniform:  Normal PE uniform, with SJC hat.
Competitors in running events must wear shorts.
Tracksuit pants are only acceptable in field events. - NO THONGS
Participation:  Attendance is compulsory. Absentees will be checked. It is expected that ALL students participate.  Athletics Day is about participation and having fun. Not everybody can be an elite athlete but everyone can have a go! A roll will be taken at each event and an absence will be treated with the same penalty as missing a class.  You should compete in EVERY event 
(that way you will get maximum points for your House!)
Points for your House:  You will receive points for participating, and bonus points according to the standard you reach for each event. Eg.  U/15 -  100m  1 point:  under 19 secs, 2 points: under 17 secs, 3 points: under 14sec
Placegetters and Champions:  The first five placegetters in each event will be awarded points towards the overall age level champion result.  1st, 2nd, 3rd will receive ribbons. (Collect RIBBONS from Mr Cashin at the Cricket Pavilion)  
The only event which has finals is the 100m.  The best 3 in each House will run in the final and the first 4 make up the relay team. Relays will be held at the end of the day.
Age Level Champions:   The first five placegetters in each event will receive points toward the age-level champion.  Medals will be presented to the winners of each age group.
800m Run:  Everyone is expected to run the 800m. 
The COLLEGE CLASSIC 1500m race:  Is open to the best five 1500m runners in each age group. The top placegetters in the 800m will qualify for the classic.
Canteen:  Will be closed.  A sausage sizzle will be organised by senior boys for a minimal cost of $1.50 per item. 
OOB:  The tennis courts and the quad are out of bounds and no ball games are allowed on the day. When the boys are not competing they are to be around the Zampatti Oval precinct.
Sunscreen:  Please ensure you bring and apply sunscreen. 

Year 8 Fathers and Sons Evening 

Wednesday 7 March 2018 O.S. Adams Centre (Gym) 6.45pm for a 7.00pm Start (finish by 9.15pm) 

St Joseph’s College Geelong is delighted to offer you an opportunity to experience a lifetime memory with your son at the annual ‘Father and Son’ Evening. This innovative single evening program is part of some special transition events that we offer our Year 8 students and it is happening here in our school community on the evening of Wednesday 7 March. 

Media attention often feasts on the reality that some famous sportsmen and celebrities fall short of being good ‘role-models’ to our boys but we are confident that the best role-models are much closer to home. ‘Stepping Up’ taps the very best resources in our own school community – the dads (or grandfathers, older brothers or uncles) of our boys. Be part of this innovative single evening program that gives a signpost to each boy about the best ways he can ‘step up’ to be a good man. 

This is a great night for the boys as they witness their fathers discussing what it means to them to be a dad (or mentor) and the importance of showing their son what a good man is. We are bringing Bill Jennings to our school to facilitate this unique experience for you. Bill is the creator and founder of ‘Time & Space’ (, a service he has developed to give people just that – ‘time and space’ for parents and their children to share important moments together in a school community setting. This program has a whole range of memorable moments that include carefully guided interactions with other fathers and their sons. 

Fathers will emerge from the night reassured and impressed by the way our students are able to speak up and share insights about their life. And be assured that the night is fun too! It is full of activities and conversations that will make us smile. Come along and enjoy a unique gift – dedicated time with each other in the midst of the special community atmosphere that we have here at St Joseph’s College. 

To register please: 

Visit the link Or email [email protected] This helps with our activity planning for the session. 

This session is exclusive to Year 8. If you have any other enquiries, please call Director of Identity Michael Wright on (03) 5226 8176.

 We know that families come in all shapes and sizes. If a boy’s father is not able to attend a grandfather, uncle or other male mentor is welcome. 

You’re invited to the opening of an inspiring exhibition of work from past students who have opened the door to a career in creative industries.
Friday 16 February 2018
Mrs Pat Bourke Gallery
St Joseph’s College Geelong
135 Aphrasia Street, Newtown
Light refreshments
RSVP by Friday 9 February
email: [email protected]

The Exhibition will then be open during school hours from 17 February - 9 March. 

Featuring artworks from: 

  • Brandon Aranyosi
  • Tom Arnel
  • Heath Kean
  • Liam Monagle
  • Luke Rush
  • Steve Salo
  • William Smith (dec)


• All Year 10, 11 and 12 classes will run as normal periods 1-6. 
• Year 10, 11 & 12 swimmers will only be those who nominate or are selected to swim in the afternoon finals by their Houses prior to the day. These boys will be bused to the pool at 11.50am.
• All swimmers who win or place in the finals will qualify for the ACC squad and will be expected to represent the College at MSAC on Friday 23 February at 7pm. 


8:50am - 9:10am Homeroom & Ash Wednesday Liturgy all classes.
9:10am - 9:15am - Years 7 & 8 bused to the pool
10.40am - Year 9 bused to the pool
11.50am - Years 10, 11, 12 swimmers bused to the pool
12.20pm - Inter-house competition 2 pools
2.45pm - Presentations
3.00pm – Students return on buses to the College.


AGE GROUPS:  Ages are taken as of 1 January.  If you are 14 at the end of 2018, you are in U/14 and so on. (under 12s swim in the U/13 age group).
MAXIMUM PARTICIPATION:  It is expected that all students in Years 7-9 participate in the 25m trials across the pool. Not everyone is an elite swimmer, but you all can have a go and earn some points for your house towards winning the Adam Bryant House Shield! 
NON-SWIMMERS:  Must have a parental note in their diary
UNIFORM:  Full P.E. uniform, with House polo shirt & College shorts and hat.  
Swimming - all appropriate shorts are allowed. 
BACKPACKS:  Students are advised not to bring a school backpack on the day to avoid bag mix ups. Students should bring a bag they can easily identify. Students are not to bring valuables as security is limited.
LUNCH:  Students should bring their own food & drinks as canteen service is limited.
BUSES TO AND FROM THE POOL:  All swimmers will be bused to and from the pool from school. Students will return in time for normal buses and pick up.  
SUNSCREEN:  Please bring and apply sunscreen. SLIP SLOP SLAP!
DIVING POOL:  For safety, no flips or somersaults. Only dives and jumps allowed.


Don’t bring or use noise making devices, electronic games, phones, or valuables as your belongings can’t be properly supervised. No ball games. The toddlers pool is not to be used. Students are not to draw inappropriate markings on themselves. 

A celebration of the achievements of students in our Senior Years. Including the 2017 Prestigious Awards. 

Dress: Past students and guests: Loungesuit. Current SJC Students: Full winter uniform. 

If you have received an invitation to the Senior Awards please RSVP via the link below:


Monday 12 February 7.00pm in the Peter Cannon PAC. This evening is aimed at recruiting and receiving enrolments from Year 7 boys for the 2018 Junior Academy Band. The Junior Band rehearses every Thursday in term time from 3.30 to 5.00pm with an annual cost of $250.  This includes a group instrumental lesson, band rehearsal and loan of an instrument for the year.  On this evening there is also the chance to meet with some of our instrumental teachers to discuss and enrol for individual music lessons.  The evening will commence with a performance by the Senior Band, instrument demonstrations, followed by a chance for boys to try out all the band instruments to choose 2 preferences.  Come along and see what the Music Department has to offer.

During the welcome information session, parents/carers will have the opportunity to mingle with College Leadership, Year Level Coordinators and Homeroom Teachers. From 7:30pm - 9:00pm parents are invited to attend our Wellbeing Presentations. These will provide parental support and a clear insight to the messages and services we offer our Senior Years students. 

All parents/carers are invited to attend and Senior students who wish to accompany parents are welcome. 
There will be enough time during the evening for parents to attend up to three different Wellbeing Presentation Sessions. 
To ensure you don’t miss out on your preferred presentations, please select and book your sessions online via the link below or via the College website. 

For further information 
Contact Natalie Welsh. Ph: 5226 8135 
or email: [email protected] 


Study Skills - Elevate Education 
St Joseph’s engage Elevate Education to run three study skills sessions as part of the Senior Years Wellbeing program.
Year 10 - Student Elevation               Year 11 – Study Sensai                             Year 12 – Ace Your Exams The parent session will provide an overview of the skills that are being covered in the student class sessions including time management, goal setting, motivation, study timetabling, managing distractions and general advice for parents about how to support and implement effective study at home. There will also be opportunities to ask questions or seek particular advice.
Motivating Teens - Success Integrated
St Joseph’s engage Success Integrated to run three student achievement sessions as part of the Senior Years Wellbeing program.
Year 10 – Pathways                         Year 11 – Growth Mindset           Year 12 – The Finishing Line This session is specifically geared for parents with teenagers and concentrates on how a parent can build their child’s self-confidence so that they reach their fullest potential as well as how to motivate their child to achieve both academically & in life.
Promoting Good Mental Health during VCE – College Psychologists
This session will be led from St Joseph’s College’s psychologists Joanne Chappell, Mari Portaro and Sarah Hanley.  Many students flourish during their VCE years, describing them as their best school years while others may experience some challenges with their mental health.  The relationship between mental health and academic achievement is well documented and this session aims to provide you with an understanding of what parents can do to support good mental health in their sons during the VCE years.  Parents will leave the session with further insight into how to assist your son to both savour his final school years and to work towards his desired goals. 

Introductory Workshop: EPiCC Engaging Parents in Career Conversations
Research indicates that parents are the single greatest influence on their child’s education and career decisions. High parental engagement can have a major impact on the young person’s learning. The EPiCC program was developed, for use by careers practitioners in schools, to engage parents in the career development of their children. As part of the Well Being Expo, St Joseph’s College is offering parents the opportunity to participate in an EPiCC Introductory Workshop. The aim of the workshop is to:
  • enhance parents’ ability to help young people develop skills and have the capability to manage their own career throughout their lives;
  • help shift perceptions by assisting parents to understand the career journey young people are on from an early stage;
  • equip parents to help young people to develop and build their preferred career futures, feel less worried about the future and build a supportive network to assist them; and
  • provide parents with the opportunity to raise concerns and ask career and pathway questions.
As part of the workshop, parents will be provided with an Australian Centre for Career Education Parent Planner, as well as links to further resources that they can use to enhance their own their children’s career development. Drug and Alcohol Awareness – Leading Senior Constable Andy Brittain 
Communities, parents and the government share a responsibility to ensure that children and young people are aware of the possible consequences of drug and alcohol use and know where to go if they need help. Research shows that young people look to their parents for advice about drugs and alcohol and value their parent's point of view. Andy works closely with St Joseph’s as a Police liaison officer and talks proactively with our boys about drugs and alcohol as part of our Senior Years Wellbeing program.
The Best Relationships are Respectful Ones - Ash Pike
The Victorian Government is implementing Respectful Relationships (RR) across Victorian schools and early childhood services and St Joseph’s College is a lead school. As a lead school we aim to promote and model respect, positive attitudes and behaviours – and to teach our students how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence. 
Ash Pike is the RR Project lead for the Barwon region and has been a key driver supporting St Joseph’s help other schools in the region implement a whole school approach to RR. This would be a great opportunity for parents and carers to hear from Ash and see what resources, programs and initiatives are taking place at St Joseph’s to ensure our boys have happy, healthy and prosperous relationships.