Edmund Rice was born on 1 June 1762 in rural Ireland in a cottage at Westcourt, County Kilkenny, near the town of Callan. The picture opposite is of the stained glass window located in Mary’s chapel at St Joseph’s Westcourt Campus. 
This window was originally situated in the Christian Brothers’ house at St Joseph’s Edmund Rice Campus. The original cottage at Westcourt still stands, it has been preserved as a museum in Edmund’s memory. 
Today St Joseph’s College recognises Westcourt as the place where Edmund Rice’s journey began.

Year 9 

In Year 9, students attend the Westcourt Campus in Minerva Road, Herne Hill. This campus is an exciting venture that enables students to maximise engagement whilst providing a rich learning environment. The Year 9 program aims to develop the students’ sense of self, of their place in their school community, the local and global community and their capacity to make a difference.

Having a dedicated Year 9 Campus means the journey of our Year 9 students can occur in a separate setting where the group can really come together as a year level. Based on research and discussion with other schools, we are confident that the boys’ return to their senior years in Mt Sion will be enhanced by the increased confidence and awareness gained from their sense of belonging to the year level and of the gifts they bring to the group.  

The Year 9 program aims to develop students who:

• Are independent, self-aware learners who set goals, reflect and evaluate their own progress.
• Are confident to take risks with, and responsibility for their own learning.
• Pose critical questions about their world and can use traditional online and community resources to develop responses.
• Work co-operatively to complete a variety of tasks with teams of peers.
• Are socially aware, ethical and caring global citizens.
• Are connected to fellow students, staff and The College and see themselves as members of a learning community.

Curriculum at Westcourt

The curriculum is designed, constructed and delivered by the core team based at Westcourt with a focus on differentiated and authentic learning.  The Campus incorporates technology and uses traditional classrooms as well as open learning spaces. The classroom furniture allows for flexibility and mobility for group work as well as individual tasks.  The Project Based Learning approach continues at Westcourt, to assist our students to become life-long, global, independent learners.  
Leadership skills are explicitly taught, with numerous opportunities to develop these skills in practical ways, both in service to others and via authentic learning opportunities. Our student leadership team structure deliberately and directly mirrors that of Mt Sion so as to provide a pathway towards senior student leadership roles. 
All students are encouraged to make critical decisions when given the opportunity and to take ownership for aspects of Campus life.  This could be in relation to subject choices or choices given within the curriculum, for example, assessment tasks in core subjects and electives, student activities, the campus environment and other extra-curricular activities

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.

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.

Involvement with Edmund Rice Campus

Year 9 students will be part of all major functions held at the Edmund Rice Campus. Full school assemblies, Athletics Day, Edmund Rice Day and Swimming Carnival are examples of events that Year 9 will attend at the Edmund Rice Campus or outside facilities.

Year 9 Handbook 

Click on the image below to download the 2021 Year 9 Handbook. The Handbook includes important curriculum information along with subject information for Year 9 students.

Are you a new student at SJC in Year 9?

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)