Introduction

St. Joseph’s is a small Catholic school in Sorrento, within the Parish of St. Mary’s, Star of the Sea.

St. Joseph’s School at Sorrento has served the needs of the southern peninsula since 1932. In those early days, attendance at the school was less than 50, with a staff of twosmiling girls nuns. Now there are around 200 children attending our school. Over the past year, the interior of the school has been modernised to provide a modern, flexible learning environment for the children to receive a Christian-based contemporary education.

Lay principals have been leading the school since 1984 after 51 years of the school being served by the Sisters of Mercy.  Our Parish Priest is Fr. Ian Mackintosh OMI. Fr. Mackintosh is Parish Priest of St Mary’s Star of the Sea Church and responsible for St Joseph’s Parish school.

The school is situated in the township of Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula, surrounded by national parks and beautiful beaches. A peaceful and calm atmosphere is reflected in the environment of the school which is welcoming to all.

The school provides a private bus service which runs from Truemans Road, Tootgarook to Sorrento. The school has an open door policy and encourages all to visit our school to meet the principal and to see our school in action.The school is part of the parish of St Mary’s Star of the Sea, Sorrento. There are ten class groups housed in four flexible learning spaces. There is also a Library and Art room. Programs offered include Reading Recovery, Physical Education and L.O.T.E. (Italian). The school shares its grounds with the church and the faith life of the children is of prime importance in the school. St Joseph's also shares ownership of a swimming pool that enables the school to offer a comprehensive swimming program at no cost to the families, and with minimum disruption to the curriculum.

All curriculum areas within the school were aligned with the AusVELS and currently includes all the domains across Discipline Based Learning, Interdisciplinary Learning and the Physical, Personal and Social Learning.

Children have access to the latest technology through interactive whiteboards and banks or laptop computers in all learning spaces. We have also a large bank of IPads and we are currently changing over to being a GAFE (Google Applications For Education) school.  This will enable safe and efficient online access to documents for all.

St. Joseph’s School believes in equal access to education for all.

 We believe that our school has much to offer by being a small family oriented community. We promote a welcoming atmosphere to all families and are committed to working with parents to bring about the best educational outcomes for our children.