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About St Joseph's

square friends2St Joseph’s School is a Catholic Systemic primary school catering for students from Kindergarten to Year 6.

Catholic education has a long history in the Bulli area, beginning when the Sisters of St Joseph began the first school in Mailbag Hollow in 1882. St Mary MacKillop visited the convent and school several times.  In 1923 the school moved to the Park Road site where the hall was used as classrooms.

As the school expanded, a two-roomed weatherboard block was built then officially opened by Bishop McCabe.  In 1974 the school came under the direction of the Catholic Education Office and St Joseph’s has continued under its administration to the present.

At the end of 1985 the Sisters of St Joseph withdrew from the school after a one hundred and three year association.  A plaque commemorating over one hundred years of love, dedication and service to the school is displayed in the school’s office.  In 1986 renovations to the Church were completed and blessed by Bishop William Murray.  In the same year the Church celebrated its centenary.

In 2010 a new hall, administration block and refurbishment of classrooms were completed.

For most of its life our school has been a single stream primary school catering for students from Kindergarten to Year 6.  In 2001, with considerable growth in the area, it was decided to enrol two Kindergarten classes for two years (2002 and 2003) to accommodate the short-term pressure on enrolments.  The school returned to one stream in Kindergarten 2004.  In 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, the school is again taking  two Kindergarten classes to accommodate the large enrolment.  Many people, parents, staff, students and the Parish community assist in our school development.

As a Parish School, initiated by the Parish community, it is intended that our school should be an integral and vital part of the whole Parish and, indeed, of the wider Church community.  It is intended that the spiritual growth and welfare of the students be carefully integrated with sound general and needs-based education, which will be the shared responsibility of the Parish Priest, Principal, staff and parents, under the supportive supervision of both Catholic and Government education authorities.

As a Catholic school, St Joseph’s comes under the general administration and responsibility of the Catholic Education Office of the Diocese of Wollongong, Market Street, Wollongong.