Edmund Rice committed his life to educating poor boys. This mission began in an old stable in New Street Waterford before the first school named Mt Sion opened in 1804. This school provided education, clothing and food for poor students. Edmund was joined by a small group of his friends who later took religious vows founding the Christian Brothers and Presentation Brothers religious orders.
Today St Joseph’s College honours Mt Sion as the founding school Edmund Rice education across the world. Our senior year students' year levels are referred to as Mt Sion.
In Year 10 we welcome our students back from the Year 9 Westcourt Campus. Mt Sion, our senior school has adopted a vertical House structure, which will allow our Year 10s to join Year 11 and 12 students during each Homeroom and Wellbeing class.
The vertical structure means that the homeroom consists of Year 10-12 students from the same House. Topics that will be covered in this time will be Respectful Relationships, Careers, Study Skills, Drug and Alcohol, Cyber Safety, Mental Health, Community Service, Thrive – Reaching Personal Potential.
Year 10 students begin to specialise in subjects that will be a pathway into their senior years. St Joseph’s College offers Year 10 students the opportunity to complete a Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) subject if they have achieved a consistently high standard in Year 9. Year 10 students who have developed independent learning skills and can work in an adult learning environment have the opportunity to complete a Vocational Education and Training (VET) subject either at St Joseph’s or an external facility. For some Year 10 boys, an applied learning environment is an appropriate pathway. The Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) subjects Work Related Skills and Personal Development Skills can be included as part of their Year 10 program after which they may select VCAL or choose the VCE for their Year 11 program.
As students progress to Year 11 and 12, they can choose from a wide variety of units, some offered at St Joseph’s College and others at Sacred Heart College. The vast majority of students will be choosing a pathway to undertake the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) and some will include a Vocational Education & Training (VET) component in their studies. Senior students also can work towards completing the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) for those whose needs are not met by the VCE option. The Joseph Innovation Trade Training Centre facilitates certificate courses in Allied Health, Furniture Making and Building and Construction. Other VET courses are conducted offsite. Further information about VET subjects can be found in the Senior Years Handbook below.
In addition to their studies, students may participate in various cultural, academic, sporting and leisure activities. These include: choir, bands, stage performance, drama, debating, public speaking, various academic competitions, football, cricket, athletics, tennis, basketball, golf, cross-country running, badminton, cycling, surfing, chess and more.
Read more about the subjects on offer for our Senior Students including VCE, VET & VCAL.
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Take a cultural experience and see the sights of China. Every second-year SJC Chinese staff chaperone a tour group around China, visiting tourist attractions and local schools, experiencing and sharing the Chinese culture. The trip will visit places, such as the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors, the Forbidden City but the itinerary changes each year with new experiences. Open to all Mt Sion students, priority will be given to those studying Chinese.
Approximate cost: $3800 - $4500
Home to many of the world’s greatest works of art, architecture and gastronomy, Italy was the epicentre of the Roman Empire and birthplace of the Renaissance. Stand in the presence of Michelangelo’s David, slow down and indulge in a little vita all’italiana, and enjoy the Italian countryside; one of nature’s masterpieces. Students will have the opportunity to experience Italian family life with a homestay experience, as well as a tour of some of the most beautiful cities in Italy: Rome, Milan, Florence and Verona. This tour runs every second year. The itinerary changes each year with new experiences.