The time your child will spend in Primary School is a most significant period in your child’s life and in the life of your family. Catholic education looks at the whole person. For children, education primarily occurs in the home. This is particularly true of the spiritual growth of your child. The Catholic School, as part of the parish, supports the family in this development. Therefore, the full benefit of the Catholic school occurs when you enable the school, the family and parish to work in harmony to create a true environment for faith development.
As a school we follow the Gospel message of Jesus Christ and integrate His message of love into our daily activities. We strive for excellence in all academic areas and we are always very proud of our students’ successes. All students are encouraged to put forth their best efforts and are challenged each day by their teachers to reach their potential.
We recognise that parents make an important contribution to the education of their children and welcome your active involvement and participation in the life of the school. Many opportunities are available for you to be involved in our school.
The staff at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary will work in partnership with you in meeting your child’s needs. We will guide, support and assist your child in every possible way and we take a genuine interest in your child’s welfare.
Our website is designed to assist you in becoming familiar with the operation of our school so that you are able to support us in the education of your child. Evidence suggests that when parents are actively involved in their children’s learning, educational outcomes are maximized.
Let us bring to life the words ‘working in partnership’.
St Joseph’s Primary, Enfield was founded in 1917 under the guidance of the Josephite Sisters. Although 1979 saw the Sisters move out of the school, the charism of their foundress, Saint Mary MacKillop, lives on through the values and traditions established.
1916 – Parish of Enfield established
1917 – Original Church/School opened (presently St Joseph’s Parish Hall)
1922 – Eastern extensions were made to Church/School
1960 – New school built
1977 – Four classrooms and canteen built
1979 – Sisters of St Joseph withdraw from administration of the school
1980 – De La Salle Brothers move into St Joseph’s Primary
1989 – De La Salle Brothers withdraw
1990 – St Joseph’s becomes a fully systemic school of the Sydney Catholic Education Office
1991 – Appointment of St Joseph’s first lay Principal
1993 – Library and Resource Room built
1996 – Extensions: Special Education Room
1997 – Launching of our SRD strategic plan for St Joseph’s School, Part I
2001 – Launching of our SRD strategic plan for St Joseph’s School, Part II
2003 – School Accessibility Oval
2006 – Strategic Plan 2006-2009 launched – Celebration of 90 years of Parish life and Catholic Education
2010 – Building and Refurbishment of main building completed
2012 – Building the Education Revolution (BER) Project i.e. multi-purpose hall/gymnasium and classrooms completed and officially opened. Athletics track and oval opened
2016 St Joseph’s Catholic Church Celebrates Centenary
2017 St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Celebrates Centenary
Our vision is based on the development of an authentic Catholic school that:
Is founded on Jesus Christ and is enlivened by the values of the Gospel
Highlights the relevance of our faith to life and contemporary culture
Is embedded within the Parish community and shares in the evangelising mission of the Church
Is committed to the development of the whole person: spiritual, academic, physical, social and emotional
At St Joseph’s our vision is captured in the following:
Journeying with Jesus and His Gospel message
Uniting in partnership with home, school and parish
Striving for the total development of each child
Toward a life of prayer, sacraments and Eucharistic celebrations
Inclusive education where children, parents, and staff are accepted, valued and respected
Celebrating the joy of discovery and the excitement of learning
Educating students to achieve their individual potential
We are committed to providing an environment that nurtures each child’s awareness and development of their own individual potential and the importance of using their unique gifts to serve God and others.