ST. JOSEPH'S CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL
Mission Statement: St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School strives to build a community in partnership, continuing life's journey based on love and respect - knowing that "God is Love".
This is our school,
Let peace be here,
Let the School be full of happiness.
Let us love one another,
Love life itself,
And above all
St Joseph pray for us,
St Mary of the Cross pray for us
1 February: Kinder Students first day
Due to COVID 19 there are no further events at this time.
A message from Lisa McNeilly
Acting Principal 2021
Welcome to St Joseph’s Primary School, Dungog. We are located near the centre of the Dungog township– only two blocks from the main street and only a short walk to many of the town’s sporting and cultural landmarks.
St Joseph's Primary School recognises the traditional owners of the area, the Gringai people.
St. Joseph’s, Dungog, is a single stream, K – 6, systemic Catholic Primary School in the Maitland – Newcastle Diocese. The school has strong links to the Sisters of St Joseph – who commenced teaching here in 1888. The school draws students from a wide area - including the Dungog, Vacy, Stroud, Martin’s Creek, Clarencetown & Salisbury areas.
Learning at St Joseph’s takes place in very modern, air conditioned classrooms – each equipped with the latest in technology and providing a well – resourced learning environment for the children in our care.
The motto of the school is - “God Is Love”. This motto is expressed through the Christian values demonstrated in our school life, our involvement within the local and broader community and throughout the curriculum taught each day. Our school is very proud of the high level of support we
provide to and receive from the local community.
The students of St Joseph’s participate in a comprehensive school curriculum – providing programs to cater for the broad range of student
abilities – from the gifted to those who require additional support in order to cater for their needs. Students also have many opportunities and pathways to represent the school, region and Diocese in a variety of sports (team and individual), in Public Speaking, Debating and varied other activities.
The school has a dedicated and committed parent body who have supported the school in a wide variety of activities, Generous financial support
& the provision of time and expertise in a wide variety of areas have been both enjoyed and appreciated by the St Joseph’s School community over the years. Attendance at the regular P & F meetings is encouraged – as is the involvement of parents and friends at the wide variety of activities held during the year.
On behalf of the staff and students, I welcome you to St Joseph’s Primary School, Dungog, and look forward to a long, happy and supportive relationship with you and your family.
St Joseph’s Primary School Dungog has a proud history, being established in 1888.
Our School Motto is “God is Love”
The Sisters of St Joseph arrived in Dungog in 1888 and the school was opened on Monday, November 26.
Originally the Sisters lived in Dowling Street.
Bishop Murray directed the building of the convent and new school.
The Sisters moved into the Convent (present Administration) on 14th February 1892.
Since the foundation in 1888 St Joseph’s School has grown at a steady pace. Additions to the site took place in 1913, 1923, 1952 and 1976. Our new school, as we see it today, began construction in 2006.
St Joseph’s Primary School Dungog is a modern, fully equipped and well - resourced school.
The five new classrooms were opened in 2007 and all boast the expectations and requirements of a modern learning spaces. Our sixth classroom is currently being housed in the Learning Hub. Each room has several computers and is equipped with an interactive white –board to assist and enhance the learning experience for the children in our care. Each room is also centrally heated and cooled to ensure the comfort of all children and staff throughout the year.
The school also has about fifty computers. Year 6 students have access to laptops at all times and the rest of the computers are shared amongst the remaining five classes. We also have a bank of iPads for student use in the classroom. The ratio of computers allow each student in a class to work individually or collaboratively. We, at St. Joseph's, aim to arm our students with the skills they need for a future that will have strong roots in technology. As such we have Beebots, Edisons and Microbits for robotics/coding experiences which we believe will set them up well for future career choices. All children have access to a variety of Literacy & Numeracy resources which are available online. Each class and student utilises these resources on a regular basis.
Additional improvements were completed as a result of the Federal Government BER funding in 2009 – 2010. As a result, additional storage space was built for school resources, covered walkways were completed, wet –weather play areas were established and the school play equipment area was given a permanent shade structure.
St Joseph’s has a large rainwater tank – which we utilise for “grey water” & irrigation when required. Our recently ereted sun shelter over the sandpit is an amazing structure to behold.
The school has a vegetable plot which is cared for by the students and we make compost out of the fruit and food scraps from the children each day.
At St Joseph’s, we focus on the needs of each child in a caring and friendly environment. We welcome any enquiries that you might have. Please feel free to contact the school at any time.
49 Brown Street,
Dungog, NSW 2420
We are part of the St. Mary's Parish Community and are also linked with St. Patrick's Clarence Town. Father Derek is our Parish Priest. Please click the button below for more information on our Parish.
FATHER DEREK GARNER
MR. MICHAEL MALONEY
PRINCIPAL (ON LEAVE)
MRS. LISA MCNEILLY
MR JAMES MAHONY
ACTING ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL AND YEAR 5 TEACHER
MRS CHARLOTTE D'ARCY
REC and YEAR 2/3 TEACHER
MISS SAMANTHA NORRIS
MRS. CAITLIN MAHONY
YEAR 6 TEACHER
MRS STACEY GRAHAM
MRS. GEORGA KETE
LEARNING SUPPORT TEACHER
MISS DAISY COOPER
YEAR 1 TEACHER
YEAR 2/3 TEACHER
YEAR 3/4 TEACHER
MRS. KATHY HAMPTON
MRS LEONIE POTTER
LIBRARY ASSISTANT, LEARNING SUPPORT ASSISTANT AND CANTEEN SUPERVISOR
PASTORAL CARE WORKER AND ABORIGINAL EDUCATION OFFICER
MRS. CHERYL MAHER
THE SCHOOL DAY
8:40 Playground Supervision begins
9:05 School beings
11:00 Break for recess
11:40 Classes resume
1:20 Break for lunch
2:00 School resumes
3:05 School day ends
At St Joseph’s School the curriculum encompasses Religious Education and the six Key Learning Areas as prescribed by the New South Wales Board of Studies. These Key Learning Areas are:
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION – Strands include Justice, Morality, Celebration and Prayer.
ENGLISH – Reading, Writing, Talking, Listening, Spelling, Grammar, Handwriting and Library.
MATHEMATICS – Space and Geometry, Measurement, Number, Patterns and Algebra and Data.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY – Built Environments, Information and Communications, Living Things, Physical Phenomena, Earth and its Surroundings, Investigating, Design and Making.
HUMAN SOCIETY AND ITS ENVIRONMENT- Change and Continuity, Cultures, Environments, Social Systems and Structures.
CREATIVE ARTS – Music, Visual Arts, Drama, Dance.
PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, HEALTH AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION – Growth and Development, Interpersonal Relationships, Personal Health Choices, Safe Living, Fitness and Lifestyle, Games and Sports Skills and Dance.
LUNCHTIME/RECESS ACTIVITIES/CLUBS: We offer two book clubs for various ages, a games club, an origami club and a craft club! These are open to all interested students
Visitors are always welcome to our school. If there’s anything you’d like to know about our school, please get in touch.