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In our Catholic tradition, we recently celebrated the feast of the Ascension. This event when Jesus ascends into Heaven gives much hope for many as promised through the words at the conclusion of the Gospel of Matthew. Personally, I have always found great comfort in the words “And remember, I am with you always; yes,

June 8th, 2017|

Principal’s News

The global Salesian family came together recently when Father Crispino D’Souza, Provincial (Education) from the Salesian Province of Mumbai, Father Bernard Fernandes, Principal, Don Bosco High School Matunga, Mumbai, and their guide, Racquel Shroff, came to visit us to learn about our programs. The annual Mass in the Parish program continued with our visit to

May 24th, 2017|

Principal’s Report

As the colder days begin to become more noticeable, students are now well into the second term. Over recent times, our Year 7 students have participated in the Flight Excursion where their understanding of Physics principles was sure to have been sharpened. Year 8 students completed part of the Four Seasons Outdoor Education program which

May 9th, 2017|

Principal’s News

Welcome to the beginning of Term 2. I trust the Easter period was a time of peace and joy to you and your families. I encourage you to take some time in reflection for ANZAC Day. The link below provides a reflection Easter and ANZAC Day. On the weekend of 28 – 30 April,

May 1st, 2017|

Principal’s News

Last Sunday, the College held a Community Fun Day which enabled the wider community to experience our College. Ms Leasa Torelli led the organisation of the event which saw many enjoy the fine weather, rides, refreshments and so much more. We were delighted that Year 12 student, Adam Ladell (Runner Up on The Voice 2016),

May 1st, 2017|

Principal’s News

Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of the Lenten season this week. Year 12s participated in a moving liturgy in our Chapel and then moved out to administer the ashes to students and staff across the College. I ask that you support your sons in their endeavours to embrace the spirit of the Lenten season. Students

March 3rd, 2017|


Recently, Year 7 students participated in camp activities at the Don Bosco Camp in Safety Beach. I was delighted to have the opportunity to visit the boys. Br Por was also able to come along as part of his two week stay getting to know St Joseph’s College. Br Por, from Thailand, has been in

February 21st, 2017|

Principal’s News

There is so much to be grateful for as we begin this new year. The College extends a special welcome to all Year 7s and students who have chosen to come to St Joseph’s College in other year levels. Our new Rector is Father Martin Tanti sdb. Fr Martin has been in the Lysterfield community

February 7th, 2017|

Principal – Final Newsletter

The year has gone by very quickly. It has been a year where students have embraced the many opportunities which have come their way in true Salesian spirit. Congratulations to Travis Hartley (College Captain 2016) who is the 2016 Dux of the College an outstanding result of 98.5 for his ATAR. Congratulations to all students

December 13th, 2016|

Principal’s News

The Term 4 APSPA meeting was held recently which is a gathering of Principals from across the province. Mr Peter Wright, Acting Director of Religious Education, participated in one of the days in which the 2017 Strenna was announced. The focus for this new Strenna is ‘family’: We are a Family: Every home, a school

November 22nd, 2016|

Principal’s News

Smart Generation was recently held by our Year 9 students. Ms Gina Di Stefano had worked with the students and empowered them to lead the event. It was well attended by staff, students and parents and we all left a little wiser about a range of issues from drugs and alcohol to supporting friends and

November 7th, 2016|

Principal’s News

Recently Year 12 students participated in their final class mass and a tree planting ceremony in the College grounds. Last Tuesday, the Graduation of the Class of 2016 was a fitting occasion to acknowledge the students who have spent the best part of six years at St Joseph’s College. I extend, on behalf of the

October 24th, 2016|

Principal’s News

Over the past fortnight, I have been very fortunate to be part of the Salesian Pilgrimage in Switzerland, France and Italy. The experience has enabled me to travel in the footsteps of Saint John Bosco and to gain sight into the context in which he lived and worked. Of course, our Salesian heritage provides

October 7th, 2016|

Principal’s News

Last Friday, in the Upper House Chamber of Parliament, Year 11 students who are taking up formal leadership roles for their final year of schooling addressed their peers and senior staff delivering heartfelt and passionate speeches. I am delighted to announce the students who will be formally invested and commissioned in October as the Student

September 9th, 2016|

Principal’s News

In reviewing the Newsletter items prior to publication, I was delighted to read articles advising our community about the many opportunities there are for students to be involved in developing their leadership skills. I read with interest an opinion about pollution by Joshua Briggs in Year 7. A number of Music Ensembles are being led

August 26th, 2016|

Principal’s News

Recently this year’s College Musical, The Addams Family, concluded following three magnificent performances. All those involved should be very proud of themselves. Special thanks to Ms Sarah Elijah (Director), Ms Siobhan Duffy (Producer) and Ms Bronwyn Dean (Musical Director). Once again, we are delighted that we were able to collaborate with Mater Christi College. St

August 15th, 2016|

Principal’s News

One would be forgiven for thinking we may never leave these winter days. Happily, the daylight hours are increasing as we move ever so surely towards the warmer months. The College Musical, The Addams Family, is being staged next week from Thursday 4 August – Saturday 6 August. I encourage all families to book tickets

August 1st, 2016|

Principal’s News

Talent is one of those things most of us wish we had more of when it comes to singing! Reaching The Voice Finale has been an extraordinary achievement for Adam Ladell (11 Ledda). Adam finished second from the initial thousands who auditioned and those who went on to perform in The Voice. Adam has achieved

July 15th, 2016|

Principal’s News

Recently, Adam Ladell (11 Ledda) performed in the first of the live shows on The Voice. He sang John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’. Please support Adam by voting to save him. You can vote for free via The Voice app or type 'the voice vote' in google and follow the prompts. Adam has already achieved so much

June 16th, 2016|

Principal’s News

Of the many events which have taken place over the past two weeks, among the most significant was the sad news of the passing of Mrs Lorna Feeney. Mother of Vin Feeney, the immediate former Principal of St Joseph’s College, Lorna was well known in our community and many spoke of her enormous generosity to

June 3rd, 2016|

Principal’s News – Term 2, Week 6

The remarkably talented Adam Ladell (11 Ledda – Rua House) made it through the blind auditions on The Voice and now enters the battle rounds. I am sure you join with the whole community in wishing Adam every success in the next stage of his journey. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that the voting lines

May 20th, 2016|

News From The Principal

The top performers from the 2015 VCE cohort were acknowledged at the Premier’s VCE Awards recently. Jesse Sondhu and Marcus Vincent, who earned perfect scores of 50 for Further Mathematics, accepted their awards in front of family and staff from the College including Mr Andrew Cooper (Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning) and Mr Michael

May 5th, 2016|

News From The Principal

Welcome to the start of Term 2. I trust the Easter period was a special time for families and that your sons have returned to St Joseph’s College with renewed energy and motivation so they can embrace every aspect of their learning and overall development. On Tuesday this week, Savio House hosted the whole school

April 23rd, 2016|

Principals Letter

Last week I enjoyed the privilege of visiting the Year 9 Expedition in the Thompson River area of Victoria. The Expedition provided our students with the opportunity to be challenged in a number of areas culminating in significant achievements over the seven days. I acknowledge the leadership of Mr James Whiting, Mr Graeme Tucker and

March 17th, 2016|

Principal’s News

As we move past the half way mark of Term One, there is plenty happening at St Joseph’s College. Last week we hosted an Open Evening for prospective families with a large number taking the opportunity to learn about the “St Joseph’s difference”. Our student Ambassadors led families in small group tours providing countless insights

March 2nd, 2016|

Principal’s News

Welcome to the start of the school year especially to families new to St Joseph’s College. In the first few days of the term, I had the privilege of meeting many of you at the various information evenings which took place. In the brief time I have been part of St Joseph’s College, I

February 16th, 2016|

Acting Principal’s Report

Each December I take some time to reflect on the year that was. This year was of course very special to the community at St. Joseph’s as we celebrated our 50th year as a school. For me it has been an honour and a privilege to serve the St. Joseph’s community as Acting Principal supporting

December 14th, 2015|

Principal’s News

On Tuesday 20 October the College community gathered to farewell our Year 12 Class of 2015. I would like to pay tribute to our 2015 College Captains Jessie Sondhu and Patrick Bullock for their wonderful service to the College, and for their inspirational speeches reflecting on their six year journey at St Joseph’s. I would

November 12th, 2015|