Our School

Background

St Joseph's School began in 1892 with 88 students under the guidance of the Sisters of Charity. Substantial change and development occurred after 1900. New buildings were built; in 1912 the Sisters of St Joseph's took over the leadership of the school; and the Parish of St Joseph's, Rockdale was established in 1916 with the first Parish Priest, Fr Hyland. The school's population in the 1930s was just over 400 students. In 1994 the first lay Principal was appointed.

With the changing years, the face of Rockdale and its population have also changed. We believe that the future of Rockdale parish lies in its rich and diverse multicultural Catholic community.

With the passing of time the school community has combined the vision, generosity and deep spiritual values of its founders, and the charism of Mary MacKillop, with an educational excellence befitting the demands of the present time.

We trust that these values and a love of learning will go with our students as they become mature members of society, carrying on Mary MacKillop's vision and serving one another in Faith, Generosity and Love.

The school has been refurbished in recent years. At the beginning of 2010 the new library, toilets and undercroft area were built and the staffroom and technology lab were refurbished. This work was completed with a grant through the Building the Education Revolution Project (BER) and was opened in December 2011 by Robert McClelland MP and blessed by Mgr Vincent Redden.

Principals

  • Sr Mary Genevieve Cusack, rsc 1892
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  • Sr M Gerard, rsj 1949-52
  • Sr M Placida, rsj 1953-56
  • Sr M Carmaletta, rsj 1956-57
  • Sr M Placida, rsj 19537-59
  • Sr M Eugene, rsj 1959-64
  • Sr Monica, rsj 1965-66
  • Sr M Teresa, rsj 1967-68
  • Sr M Loretto, rsj 1969-71
  • Sr Teresa Margaret 1972-74
  • Sr Marie Pauline Page, rsj 1975-82
  • Sr Mary Collins, rsj 1983-87
  • Sr Edwardine O'Connell, rsj 1988-93
  • Valerie Salems 1994-2000
  • Anna Marsella 2001-05
  • John Barton 2006-2010
  • Peter Cranney 2011-