Principal's Welcome

On behalf of the staff of St Joseph’s Primary School, I extend to you a very warm welcome to our school community. St Joseph’s Primary School, Merriwa is a small, rural Catholic school situated in the Upper Hunter for students from Kindergarten to Year 6. The school operates under the governance of the Catholic Schools Office in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

St Joseph’s provides a holistic primary education for students within the town district, as well as from outlying rural properties travelling from as far as Cassilis and Gungal.

St Joseph’s staff is deeply committed to helping students achieve their goals with a strong focus on Catholic identity and the development of the whole person within a structured and nurturing community.

The education offered at St Joseph’s is within the context of Christ’s mission, steeped in a strong Josephite Catholic tradition. The values of faith, knowledge and love for one another are supported and developed in student learning experiences within the classroom and through service to the local community.

St Joseph’s is open to all families who are willing to support the Catholic ethos and the educational, behavioural and social requirements of the school. The school values relationship with families and believes that the best education is possible when all members of the school community – students, staff, families, parish and wider community share positive and productive relationships… it “takes a village to raise a child”.

Providing a meaningful and inclusive learning program, St Joseph’s caters for the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social and physical dimensions of all students. Strong programs in each Key Learning Area are delivered to all students. A highly structured combination of professional development opportunities, access to quality teaching resources and experiences as well as an increased emphasis on student wellbeing and parent engagement has been developed to increase student readiness for and engagement in learning. Curriculum differentiation ensures that the learning is tailored to meet the needs of all students.

The school’s environmental stewardship programs highlight the respect it has for the earth and our responsibility to care for it. Kitchen garden projects, worm farms, chicken raising, composting, tree planting and family working bees, are some of the ways our students extend their learning to the real world. This has gained us high commendation in the Tidy Towns - Sustainable Communities competition and two Australia Day Environmental awards.

St Joseph’s has high expectations of its students, hence, application to academic outcomes, attention to wellbeing, care of our school environment, the wearing of school uniform with pride and the manner in which we relate to others at school and in the wider community are pivotal to the formation of well-rounded and spiritually centred young people.

We look forward to growing in faith and knowledge with you and your family over the coming years.

God bless,
Helen Whale