We aim to equip students to be globally connected citizens committed to personal excellence, enriching the wider community, and standing in solidarity with the marginalised. - St Joseph’s College Strategic Plan 2018-2022

Our students are encouraged to live their faith by supporting a broad range of service learning opportunities, where all members of our College community can get involved.

It is expected that EVERY student at EVERY year level undergoes THREE service learning hours in a St Joseph’s College initiative. If a student achieves 15 House points, through participating in Service Learning initiatives, he is awarded a House Pin to be worn on his blazer.

Our Service Learning initiatives include:

Mac & Joe’s a community partnership with McKellar Centre. Senior students and staff use the College kitchens to cook for palliative care patients at home patients and their families.

Breakfast clubs at local schools in partnership with St Vinnies and Geelong Food Bank.

Winter Sleep Out held in July raises funds and awareness for local people experiencing homelessness.

Lazarus Community Centre is supported through cooking meals, working bees, fundraising and donation drives.

The MacKillop Family Services paws4kids initiative is supported through fundraising events and awareness campaigns.

Treat People with Kindness month is undertaken by Waterford students in Term 1 as an introduction to service learning and our culture of kindness for junior students.

The Edmund Rice Foundation has established a global network of assisting those at the margins of society. St Joseph’s College has a strong connection with the Edmund Rice ministries in East Africa.

Enviroservice is essentially service learning in the form of stewardship for the environment. Enviroservice is conducted each term and students may elect to complete their three hours of service learning by participating in an Enviroservice initiative such tree planting on the Carey Embankment.