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What We Offer

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Bulli is a vibrant Catholic co-educational primary school committed to every student finding meaning and purpose through continual growth in faith and improvement in learning.

We ensure our students are provided with a high-quality learning program in a supportive and collaborative environment that challenges each student to reach their full potential.

The Catholic Experience

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The religious life of our school immerses students in the Catholic tradition and provides students with:

  • opportunities to know, understand and celebrate our Catholic faith
  • a thorough Religious Education curriculum
  • celebrations of the sacraments
  • social outreach activities and opportunities 
  • experiences of a rich liturgical and prayer life:
    • whole school prayer each morning
    • weekly assembly prayer
    • liturgical celebrations
    • weekday parish Masses and feast day Masses
    • the Sacrament of Penance
    • a parish Sunday Mass each term

Students learn about and receive the sacrament through the parish sacramental program.

Enhancing Learning

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We aim to ignite in each student a passion for learning within a Catholic ethos. 

  • Contemporary classrooms enhance student learning and allow for collaborative learning
  • A high quality learning and teaching program
  • Our staff are highly committed to engaging, enabling and enriching each student’s learning 
  • A school wide approach to the teaching and learning of literacy and numeracy using research based proven practices and resources
  • Large range of classroom reading resources
  • Regular assessment and monitoring of student levels using the Literacy and Numeracy Learning Progressions
  • Gifted Education, and students with high potential, programs and support
  • Intervention programs in literacy and numeracy
  • A K-6 phonics and spelling program
  • Specialist visual arts and music teachers
  • A Maker Space and robotics
  • A 1:1 iPad program integrating technology into Key Learning areas
  • A Positive Behaviours for Learning (PB4L) framework
  • Student learning is supported by the Habits of Mind
  • A Physical Education program
  • Opportunities to participate in athletics and a variety of sports
  • Sports coordinators who supports students at representative levels
  • High levels of support for teacher professional learning

Personalised Learning

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At St Joseph’s, every student counts and every student matters.

Students with a disability or additional needs, are supported with:

  • personalised learning plans
  • a dedicated diverse learning needs coordinator and support staff
  • programs such as MultiLit and Mathematics intervention

High achievers, gifted and/or creative students have opportunities to:

  • enrich their capacity through differentiated class programs
  • participate in the SPLICED Diocesan high achievers units of work
  • enter the Diocesan Christmas Story Art Exhibition and Competition
  • participate in University Competitions
  • sporting opportunities at a school, regional, diocesan and state levels

Use of Technology

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Students from Kindergarten to Year 2 enjoys a range of technology in the classroom including our interactive white boards, iPads and computers.

Students from Year 3 to Year 6 benefit from the school’s 1:1 iPad program using apps such as Google Classroom and SeeSaw as tools to enhance learning.

Students also enjoy learning experiences in coding and STEM.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

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Our Out of School Hours (OOSH) Care is available in the mornings and afternoons and is operated by CatholicCare.

Our Maker Space promotes learning through play and technology to create and design. 

At different times throughout the year our students also enjoy lunchtime activities including:

  • choir
  • small band
  • dance
  • science fun
  • aerobics and fitness
  • drawing 
  • board games

St Joseph's also offer a great range of other co-curricular activities for students – including creative arts opportunities, sports, leadership and environmental initiatives, and more.

Nurturing Development

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At St Joseph’s we promote the growth and development of students as individuals in relationship with others and within the community.

  • Positive Behaviours for Learning (PB4L) – Our school-wide 'Positive Behaviours for Learning' approach supports students as they learn the expectations of our community and to get along with each other. Our school rules are: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe.
  • Transition to Kindergarten Playgroup and Buddies – Students new to Kindergarten love our playgroup program. The sessions are run in the October and November before they start school. Play-based learning continues into the Kindergarten program of learning. Kindergarten students are also supported by their Buddies in Year 5.
  • Awards – At St Joseph’s, we encourage all students to be as good as they can be in all areas of learning and school life. Awards include class awards, weekly Merit Awards, Principal’s Awards and Medal, Academic Achievement Awards, Mary MacKillop Awards and the Habits of Mind Awards.
  • Social Skills Group – This group is available at lunchtimes for students to develop social skills and confidence with their peers.
  • The Friendship Bench – Located on the grass area, students happily look out for those who need a friend to play with on the playground.

A Welcoming School Community

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Welcome and hospitality are important to us at St Joseph’s. We strive to be a connected and welcoming community and we value the engagement of parents and families in the school life in any way they can.

Our parents and carers are very engaged with the school and take up opportunities such as P&F events, working bees, information evenings, parent/teacher meetings, liturgies and masses. Our volunteers also assist in classrooms, the canteen and library.

We also offer quality on-site before and after school (OOSH) care for students.

Social Justice Initiatives and Other Social Awareness

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As a Catholic community students learn about their faith and also take up the call to faith in action. Our student Mini Vinnies group, for example, meet and act upon the needs of others in the spirit of St Vincent de Paul.

Our School Environment Management Plan also provides opportunities for students to be involved in:

  • Our school veggie garden and worm farm
  • Our recycling program, including the St Vincent de Paul Society's 'Return & Earn' program
  • Waste-free Wednesdays
  • A range of school environmental action and awareness initiatives throughout the year

An Affordable Quality Education

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Catholic schools strive to keep fees as low as possible so that more families can choose a Catholic education for their children.

In keeping with Gospel values, no child is refused a Catholic education due to financial inability or difficulty.

New or existing parents who find themselves in this situation are encouraged to discuss fee concessions with the school principal who will treat the situation with understanding, sensitivity and confidentiality. It is the expectation that families with the capacity to contribute do so, so that our schools can maintain the high quality of education that Catholic education is known for and our families expect.

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