Edmund Rice came to Waterford from his family home at Westcourt in 1779 at the age of 17. He was apprenticed to his uncle who was a businessman supplying materials to ships at the docks in Waterford. Edmund inherited the business and became successful and wealthy. He married Mary Elliott in Waterford in 1785 and became the father of a disabled daughter also named Mary. His wife died in 1789. Mary’s tragic death caused Edmund to reflect on the purpose of his life and led to his decision to dedicate his life to educating poor boys. Today St Joseph’s College recognises Waterford as the town where Edmund Rice education began. Our Year 7 & 8 students are referred to as our Waterford sub-school. 

Project Based Learning

The introduction of Project Based Learning (PBL) throughout the curriculum is an innovation that has made St Joseph’s College’s approach to instruction unique in the Geelong area. PBL is a teaching method in which students learn by actively engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects. 

In Project Based Learning, teachers make learning come alive for students. Students work on a project over an extended period of time – from a week up to a semester – that engages them in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question. These projects can be worked on individually or as a group task. They demonstrate their knowledge and skills by creating a public product or presentation for a real audience.

PBL requires critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and various forms of communication. To answer a Driving Question and create high-quality work, students need to do much more than remember information. They need to use higher-order thinking skills and learn to work as a team.

Year 7

The Year 7 students have a comprehensive program, covering all subject areas including Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Food Technology, Humanities, and both the languages of Chinese and Italian.
In the Arts, they study Design Education, Drama and Music and also have the opportunity to join a College Band.
Fitness, co-ordination skills, teamwork and sportsmanship are developed through the Physical Education program.
Student Wellbeing and Pastoral Care programs and a comprehensive curriculum, help the Year 7 students to develop confidence in their new school and provide an understanding of the subject options which will be open to them in the following year.

Below are some useful downloads and information for students beginning Year 7 at St Joseph's College. 

Extra-curricular activities

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.

For more information for boys who are starting their first year at St Joseph's, have a look at the "New Student Information" page on our website under "Join Us. 

Year 7 Handbook

Click on the image below to download the 2021 Year 7 Handbook


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

Students continue to meet every morning in Homeroom groups with their Homeroom teacher. This helps to maintain the stability of peer friendship groups.  

Year 8 Handbook

Click on the image below to download the 2021 Year 8 Handbook. The Handbook includes important curriculum information along with subject information for Year 8 students.


College Expectations and Procedures

College expectations and procedures College expectations and procedures (264 KB)


Are you a new student at SJC in Year 8?

Welcome! Download the Welcome book that includes some useful information for new students at 
St Joseph's. See below.


Welcome to SJC New Student Booklet Welcome to SJC New Student Booklet (1999 KB)