Educational Principles
Our school curriculum is underpinned by a clear set of educational principles which reflects the community’s expectations for schooling.

Specifically, the educational principles are:
1. Learning for all - proceeding on the basis that all students can learn given sufficient time and support, and that good schools and good teaching make a positive difference to student outcomes.

2. Pursuit of excellence - seeking to accomplish something noteworthy and admirable individually and collectively, and performing at one’s best.

3. Engagement and effort - acknowledging that student ability is only one factor in achievement and that if students work hard and make an effort, they improve.

4. Respect for evidence - seeking understanding and truth through structured inquiry and the application of information, evidence, opinion, knowledge and history.

5. Openness of mind - being willing to consider a range of different views and consider different ways in which evidence is perceived and solutions can be reached.

School Programming, Developmental Learning & Student Grouping:
A whole school approach to programming is used at St Joseph’s. We recognise that student learning is individual, developmental and can be monitored along a continuum from Prep to Grade 6. Standards are outlined in the Victorian Essential Leaning Standards across four levels in the primary school. Recognising this, our Junior School, Prep (Level 1) to Grade 2 (Level 2) is a three year program. The Middle School, Grades 3 & 4 (Level 3) is a two year program. The Senior School, Grades 5 & 6 (Level 4), is also a two year program.  Grouping of our students this way is supported by cyclic curriculum, three year cycles in the Junior School and two year cycles in both the Middle and Senior Schools. Class size is capped for each area of the school with a total enrolment of 525 and an average class size of 25 students.

Vels Curriculum

St. Joseph’s Curriculum

Support Programs at St. Joseph’s


Classroom Helpers Activities

Parent Guide for Independant and Successful Readers