St Joseph's is a Catholic boys College. Founded in 1965, next year we will be celebrating a 50 year tradition of transforming boys into exceptional young men.
Today we have a student population of just over 1,050 boys from Years 7-12. We provide an education in the tradition of Don Bosco that inspires dynamic learning that is life focussed, person centred and built on the respect between teacher and student.
Our broad and innovative curriculum and curriculum caters for the needs of all our students, both academically and emotionally.
St Joseph's College focusses on academic excellence without losing sight of the importance of values, justice, and the development of life skills in the building of successful and long lasting relationships.
St Joseph’s College is amongst the top academically achieving schools in Victoria.
St Joseph's College first opened its doors in 1965 as one of a series of regional Colleges which the Melbourne Catholic Education Department were building in strategic parts of the Archdiocese.
Father Colin Miller, Parish Priest of Ferntree Gully at the time, was a great devotee of St John Bosco and keen supporter of the Salesians.
He was a driving force behind the project to build St Joseph's College and for it to come under the care of the Salesians. A strong Salesian presence is still an integral part of the College today.
The College was built on land belonging to the Ferntree Gully parish and with 56 students studying Form 1 (Year 7 today) it was little more than a corridor flanked by 3 classrooms, a small office and a storeroom.
The curriculum at St Joseph's is tailored to meet boys needs. Based on extensive research on how a boy's brain develops and changes over time, an innovative and engaging curriculum has been developed and strategically implemented.
The learning methods include practical and applied approaches. The diverse curriculum varies each year to suit how boys learn, and ensure they advance to their highest potential.
Progressive methods and a range of opportunities for students include:
- 30+ subjects on offer from Year 9-12
- 15+ sports on offer
- IPad/MacBooks for all students
- 6 International trips a year
- Life Skills program
- Renowned Year 9 program
Vision, Values & Missions
St Joseph's College is a Catholic boys school in the tradition of the Salesians of Don Bosco. As such, one of its foundational aims is to provide a climate where the Gospel is known, lived and loved so that students may be nurtured in the Christian faith and their commitment to Jesus Christ.
General Aims and Values:
- To be a Catholic community of adults and young people working and living in mutual respect and harmony within an open, secure and happy atmosphere
- In the tradition of Salesian education, to provide a climate where the Gospel is known, lived and loved so that students may be nurtured in the Catholic faith and their commitment to Jesus Christ
- To help students recognise their academic ability and to accept responsibility for its development
Life Skills Program
The life skills program was developed to support and teach boys essential life skills. A range of issues and events that are relevant to boys' development are addressed to support our students' personal growth in a structured and supportive environment.
Topics including bullying, nutrition, exercise, cyber-safety, risk taking, relationship building, alcohol and drugs, smart money, decision making, and mental health are part of the established program that has been implemented into the St Joseph's curriculum.