Our School Vision - 'Reach for the Stars as Lifelong Learners in the Catholic Faith'
The boy and girl standing in front of the cross with the Holy Spirit represent our children at St Joseph's on their faith journey. This is our JJ symbol. In the Junior School we say that JJ means to be 'Just like Jesus'Â. In the Senior School we say 'Journey with Jesus'. The JJ symbol depicts children as they live out our school vision to 'Reach for the Stars as Lifelong Learners in the Catholic Faith'. To help understand what our vision means, we have divided it into three parts:
- Reach for the Stars
- Lifelong Learners
- Catholic Faith
We have examples of these three parts in detail on our vision statement. This is displayed throughout the school and a copy is available from the office.
Our School Values - 'The 4 R's are modelled on Jesus Christ and his Gospel of Good News
- Respect for others and oneself - John13:34-35; Ephesians 6:1-3.
- Reverence in school, church, home and the community - Hebrews 12:88; Colossians 3:12.
- Resilience Courage to take risks, accept challenges (Tiki/Pono) and stand strong (Kia Kaha) for what is just and right - Joshua 1:9; Luke 11:9.
- Relationships with ourselves, each other and God - Matthew 7:12, John 4:19, Proverbs 17:17.
The Motto of our School is: Veritas - Truth
It takes its origin from St Dominic, the founder of the Dominican Order in the year 1215. He encouraged his followers to:
- Preach the Truth
- Live the Truth
- Be the Truth
The Truth being Christ and His Gospel of Good News. For over the past 100 years the Dominican Sisters have been associated with St Joseph's School. They endeavoured to live this motto and encouraged their pupils to do the same. Our unique Dominican Choir was established in 2008 and when we hear the choir sing at mass, assembly or out in the community, we are reminded of our 'Dominican' charism as we keep it alive and remain true to the scriptures in all that we do.
Our School Name
It is very fitting that St Joseph is our patron. At a time when educators and parents are increasingly aware of the role of parents as first teachers, we can relate to Joseph's role in caring for and teaching Jesus. Joseph is a fine example to us all that we reflect on his endeavours to help Jesus learn, in his world. We pray that Joseph the carpenter, the teacher and the caregiver will continue to provide inspiration to all involved in St Joseph's School.