St Joseph's School, Ottoway has served the local community since 1954 when it was opened by two Sisters of St Joseph to teach the children of the predominantly migrant community. The school continues to honour the spirit and charism of St Mary of the Cross Mackillop and the Josephite tradition which gives life to the culture of the school. We provide a Catholic learning environment that is based on the four main areas of this tradition: Love, Justice, Dignity and Compassion. We also honour the work of the Resurrection Fathers who have served our community since 1978.
In educating our students, we depend on the development of good relationships between parents/caregivers and staff. Our parents are the primary educators of their children and we work closely with them to ensure that our children reach their full potential in all ways.
We have a strong predominance of students who have English as an Additional Language (EAL). These students are first, second and third generation EAL students from South-East Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa. The school also has Indigenous students. Our school celebrates the richness that this cultural diversity brings to it. St Joseph's offers a broad curriculum and co-curricular programs. We endeavour to provide an environment in which each child will develop attitudes of responsibility, caring, achievement and a desire to learn. All students are challenged to achieve their best.
We work together to mutually benefit our students and families, delivering a quality Catholic Education accessible to, and inclusive of all here in the north-western suburbs.
St Joseph's is part of the Catholic North Western Community. This Community comprises three preschools, eight primary schools and one secondary college within four Catholic Parishes. Our schools are committed to living, teaching and celebrating the message of Jesus in the contemporary context.
In recognition of many parents who are working, we also have Out Of School Hours Care available. This enables parents with work or family commitments to have their child cared for in a safe, familiar and caring environment. Financial assistance is available to families who use the service (depending on income).