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Welcome To
Our School


St. Joseph's School community Sorrento, is committed to the Victorian Child Safety Standards.


Principal's Message

Welcome to the St Joseph’s Primary School website. This website provides a ‘snap shot’ of our school for prospective families and is a source of ongoing information for our current families. 


I invite you to tour our website to discover the many elements that combine to make our school a vibrant, contemporary learning community. You will gain an insight into what we do and how we work with our students to continually develop their knowledge, experiences and understandings of our world. 


Partnerships are encouraged between teachers, students, families and the wider community to challenge our students and enlighten their learning. The school is enriched by a committed and active parent body. Students at St Joseph’s have a strong connectedness to their school and a high level of engagement and achievement. 


St Joseph’s is recognised as a place of quality teaching and learning, with a strong community spirit. It is a school with an innovative and dedicated staff who have a commitment, and whole school approach to transforming pedagogy and building a rigorous curriculum that prepares our students for life-long learning. We strive to give our students a deep sense of connectedness to the local and global worlds in which they live.


St Joseph’s school is a place where we challenge ourselves and others, and communicate our optimism and confidence in the potential of our students. We have a dynamic, supportive and safe work environment, which inspires a climate of mutual respect, collegiality, trust and support.

We proudly acknowledge the Boon Wurrong / Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation, the Traditional Custodians of the land and waters on which we learn and live. We pay respect to their Elders past, present and emerging. We also acknowledge and pay respect to other Elders within the community.

Governance Statement

St. Joseph’s is a school which operates with the consent of the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne and is operated and governed by Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd (MACS).

MACS governs and operates 292 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese to continue the mission of Catholic education, to proclaim the Good News and equip our young people with the knowledge, skills and hope to  live meaningful lives and enrich the world around them.

Because the good work of educating the young is a co-responsible task, led by every member of the Catholic school community, School Advisory Councils have been established to provide a crucial point of connection between the wider school community and school leaders.

The governance model was designed to ease the administrative burden on our schools and parishes, allow parish priests to focus on the mission of education in the parish, enable greater collaboration between schools and ensure greater consistency in school policies and procedures.

More information on MACS is available at

Democratic Principles

At St. Joseph’s we recognise that the school plays a vital role in advancing democratic ideals and principles. For democracy to continue to thrive, children must be taught democratic ideals and principles and to value its way of life. St. Joseph’s will explicitly and implicitly support and promote the principles of Australian democracy, including a commitment to:

  • elected government

  • the rule of law

  • equal rights for all before the law

  • freedom of religion

  • freedom of speech and association

  • the values of openness and tolerance.


Through our curricular and extracurricular programs, St. Joseph’s will prepare our children to become citizens who will preserve and shape democracy in the future. Democratic values will be taught explicitly in the curriculum and implicitly in the child’s experience of the school, from classroom practice, and from what is taught to how it is taught.

School Philosophy Statement

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