A high quality Catholic primary education choice

By Benalla Ensign

Having been principal of the St Joseph’s School community for eight months, I am continually amazed at the outstanding faith-filled teaching and learning environment provided to the children in our care and their families.

St Joseph’s not only provides vibrant and effective Catholic education within the region, but continues to be a significant entity within the wider community.

Our school is a significant part of the St Joseph’s Parish and provides Benalla and region families with quality Catholic education from Foundation to Year 6.

Across the Sandhurst Diocese, St Joseph’s is recognised as an outstanding school, achieving excellence in both its academic results and in its provision of pastoral wellbeing initiatives.

The school offers after hours school care, its ‘Breakfast Club Cafe’ weekly to students, emergency meal support through its Meal Bank and works in partnership with the St Vincent De Paul Society and ‘The Tomorrow Today’ Foundation to support families in need.

St Joseph’s continues its ongoing journey in developing and enhancing its positive environment and improving its positive behaviour education strategies.

Developing confidence, persistence, resilience, tolerance of others and effective organisation are strategies instilled from an early age and ones that help promote life-long learning.

On choosing to enrol at St Joseph’s you choose to journey with your child in a safe and inclusive environment that fosters hope, respect, responsibility and reconciliation.

We educate students to become safe, respectful and responsible citizens who actively care for others and the environment in which they live.

Student leadership groups give our students the opportunity to develop and implement initiatives in raising the awareness of social justice in the community, enhancing our Catholic identity and promoting and celebrating student achievement.

Each year a large group of senior students are open to the challenges and opportunities provided by the Benalla community and work tirelessly learning new skills, attending public meetings and volunteering their services to community groups to achieve their Junior Rotary Award.

Their passion and commitment is heart-warming to experience.

St Joseph’s Benalla has a diverse student population, with varied needs and abilities.

It is a true privilege to see our students shine in their individual ways through the course of their time at school.