|St Joseph's College|
|Type||Independent single-sex secondary day and boarding school|
|Motto||Latin: In Meliora Contende|
(Strive for better things)
|Educational authority||New South Wales Department of Education|
|Enrolment||c. 1,000 (2006)|
|Campus size||16 hectares (40 acres)|
|Colour(s)||Cerise and blue|
St Joseph's College (abbreviated as SJC and commonly called Joeys) is an independent Roman Catholic single-sex secondary day and boarding school for boys, conducted in the Marist Brothers tradition, located in Hunters Hill, a suburb on the Lower North Shore of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Founded by the Marist Brothers in 1881, Joeys currently caters for approximately 1,100 students from Year 7 to Year 12, including over 750 boarders, making it the second largest boarding school in Australia, and one of the largest in the southern hemisphere.
The College is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA), the Australian Boarding Schools' Association (ABSA), the Association of Marist Schools of Australia (AMSA), and is a founding member of the Athletic Association of the Great Public Schools of New South Wales (AAGPS).
St Joseph's College (SJC) can trace its origins back to the Marist Brothers' school founded in Harrington Street, Church Hill, which was attached to St Patrick's Catholic Church. The Headmaster, Emilian Pontet then sought out land to found a new school elsewhere. After inspecting several locations, Hunters Hill was chosen due to its proximity to the Marist Fathers' Monastery and Parish of Villa Maria.
On 29 July 1881, the Headmaster, Emilian Pontet, transferred the school from Harrington Street to Hunters Hill, founding St Joseph's College in a temporary wooden building with a student population of 55. Within six years of its founding, keen observers had taken notice. In 1887, James Francis Hogan wrote in The Irish in Australia that:
St John's College, affiliated to the University of Sydney; Saint Ignatius' College, Riverview, conducted by the Jesuit Fathers; and St. Joseph's College, Hunter Hill [sic], under the management of the Marist Brothers, are three educational institutions that reflect the highest credit on the Catholic population of the parent colony.
Brother Emilian Pontet was the founding headmaster (1881-1890); he was succeeded by Brother Stanislaus (1890-1894) who continued the building program at the main campus and oversaw the acquisition of 16 acres of playing fields close by.
These events took place in the aftermath of the Battle of Waterloo[circular reference], the transition of NSW from a penal colony to a free settlement under the Governorship of Macquarie[circular reference], the broader context of Victorian Era politics and activity from London such as Saint Joseph's Missionary Society of Mill Hill founded in 1866 by future Cardinal Herbert Alfred Vaughan. 19th Century Bishops such as Polding and Ullathorne were faithful witnesses to much missionary endeavour and Australia ceased being a mission territory simultaneously with Pope Paul VI writing to all the faithful of the entire world in "Evangelii Nuntiandi" on 8 December 1975.
The following individuals have served as Headmaster of St Joseph's College, Hunters Hill:
|Ordinal||Officeholder||Term start||Term end||Time in office||Notes|
|1||Brother Emilian Pontet||1881||1890||8–9 years|
|2||Br Stanislaus Healy||1890||1894||3–4 years|
|3||Br Basil (Kelly)||1895||1897||1–2 years|
|4||Br Denis (Reilly)||1897||1902||4–5 years|
|5||Br Clement (Murray)||1902||1909||6–7 years|
|6||Br Victor (Ludeke)||1909||1912||2–3 years|
|7||Br Borgia (Coughlan)||1913||1917||3–4 years|
|8||Br Osmund (Rice)||1918||1920||1–2 years|
|9||Br George (O'Meara)||1921||1923||1–2 years|
|10||Br Brendan (Hill)||1924||1925||0–1 years|
|11||Br Gerard (O'Donoghue)||1925||1927||1–2 years|
|12||Br Clement (Murray)||1928||1928||0 years|
|13||Br Denis||1928||1932||3–4 years|
|14||Br Placid (Gilchrist)||1932||1934||1–2 years|
|15||Br Louis (Hughes)||1935||1940||4–5 years|
|16||Br Gerard (O'Donoghue)||1941||1941||0 years|
|17||Br Angelus (McKinley)||1942||1947||4–5 years|
|18||Br Louis (Hughes)||1948||1950||1–2 years|
|19||Br Quentin (Duffy)||1951||1954||2–3 years|
|20||Br Othmar Weldon||1955||1961||5–6 years|
|21||Br Elias||1962||1967||4–5 years|
|22||Br Gildas (born Robert Goodwin)||1968||1970||1–2 years|
|23||Br Alman Dwyer||1971||1976||4–5 years|
|24||Br Geoffrey Joy||1977||1982||4–5 years|
|25||Br Joseph McMahon||1983||1991||7–8 years|
|26||Br Ernest Houston||1992||2000||7–8 years|
|27||Br Paul Hough||2001||2006||4–5 years|
|28||Ross Tarlinton||2006||2017||10–11 years|
|29||Christopher Hayes||2018||2020||1–2 years|||
The College opened in 1881 in a temporary wooden building, however, it has continued to expand its grounds and buildings since then. Some examples are the construction of the main building's southern wing in 1882–1884; the building of the central and northern wing in 1889–1894 and the building of the Chapel in 1938–1940. The south-eastern corner of the College campus is a property which was acquired in 1882 with the assistance of a benefactor named O'Shaugnessy. The property was then known as Joubert's Reserve and the original small stone cottage that stood on the land when it was acquired still remains on the site today. The College's main playing fields ("the Park") are located 300m away from the main campus and were bought in 1893 from Charles Gilbert Heydon a distinguished lawyer and devout Catholic who offered the Brothers for sale at a discount 16 acres he had acquired nine years earlier. Heydon agreed to a generous instalment plan to assist the Brothers to make the purchase and the interest bill was met by the same benefactor O'Shaugnessy who had assisted with the acquisition of Joubert's Reserve eleven years earlier. Charles Gilbert Heydon was the brother of Louis Francis Heydon MLC, for a time the Australasian President of the St Vincent de Paul Society. Louis passed away on 17 May 1918 at his residence "Kentigern" at Mary Street Hunters Hill with a requiem mass at Villa Maria followed by a burial at the Field of Mars Cemetery. The Society report for the completed 1907 year refers to 10 new conferences in NSW, one being at St Joseph's College Hunters Hill - being the "first collegiate conference in the circumscription".
Today the College is situated on a 16-hectare (40-acre) campus overlooking the Lane Cove and Parramatta Rivers, in suburban Hunter's Hill, 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) from the Sydney central business district. The current facilities of the school include:
St Joseph's has several buildings used for accommodation. Five of these are for Years 10, 11 and 12 respectively. The College's main building, which has stood since the 1880s, contains dorms for the junior years, as well as all the College's refectories (dining rooms), the Health Centre, Common Room, the College Chapel and administration offices. The Year 12 Boarding Area was totally refurbished in early 2009, creating modern and comfortable accommodation for senior students.
The College has a significant number of academic facilities, including a large four-storey building solely containing science laboratories and classrooms (which have recently been refurbished), a library and resource centre, a visual arts centre, a music centre, a hall and five computer labs, each with 20 plus computers. Stage one of a major refurbishment of the resource centre was completed early in 2009, creating a modern, up-to-date teaching and learning facility that provides students with high quality resources and technology for today's fast paced digital world. In 2013, St. Joseph's opened a new Technology and Arts Precinct, including numerous art studios, workshops and classrooms.
Similar to other GPS schools, St Joseph's has significant sporting facilities for use in both training and competition. The College owns and maintains approximately 10 playing fields for cricket, rugby and soccer. Its main rugby field is in a 10-hectare (25-acre) facility known as "the Park" and located two blocks from the school campus and is often used by higher level teams for training purposes.
On the main school campus there are ten tennis courts, five basketball courts, a number of cricket nets, a swimming pool, two gymnasiums (for basketball and weightlifting respectively) and a cardio room. The boatshed and pontoons for the school's rowing club are situated some 300 metres (980 ft) from the main campus on nearby Tarban Creek, a northern tributary of Sydney's Parramatta River.
Outdoor education facilities
In 1986 St Joseph's opened "Colo", an outdoor education centre for students. It provides education in various outdoor activities, culminating in extended expeditions in Year 9. The director is Mark Bryant.
An ageing population of Marist brothers have their own accommodation on the school grounds (some in the retired brothers quarters) and work to maintain its status, holding a number of executive positions at the College. In 2006, Ross Tarlinton became the first lay headmaster of the College, followed by Dr Chris Hayes in 2017.
In 2019 the College farewelled the last teaching Marist Brother, Br Anthony Boyd (1969), who after 40 years of service at the College (23 as Deputy Headmaster), retired from his duties at the College.
Sexual abuse allegations
In June, July and August 2014 the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, a royal commission of inquiry initiated in 2013 by the Australian Government and supported by all of its state governments, began an investigation into the response of Marist Brothers to allegations of child sexual abuse in schools in the ACT, NSW and Queensland. Five former students, one former teacher, a former assistant principal and two former principals, former and current Marist officials and clergy, and one of the clergy at the centre of the allegations gave evidence or made statements before the Royal Commission that the alleged cases of abuse happened during the 1970s and 1980s at Daramalan College, Canberra, at Lismore, Campbelltown and in Far North Queensland.
In 2021, a Marist Brother John Patrick O'Brien who worked at the school in the 1970's was convicted of a number of child sexual abuses which occurred at the school.
With a boarding population of approximately 500, SJC is the largest boarding school for boys in Australia (in terms of student numbers). Joeys offers full boarding as well as weekly boarding options (where students go home on weekends). In recent times the College has also offered day-schooling, and students who do not board are known as 'day-boys'.
The College has a long history of boarders from regional and rural Australia, with generations of families hailing from Dubbo, Mudgee, Bourke, Griffith and beyond. In 2016, the College launched the 'Boys from the Bush' program, providing means-tested bursaries to families from country areas. As of January 2019, 33 boys from across Australia were benefitting from the program.
A number of dormitories ('dorms') and refectories ('refs') are located on the College grounds for boarders and day-boys alike. Dorms and refs are segregated by year, and students tend to receive larger, more private and more privileged accommodation as they advance through the years(i.e. students move from large dormitories to single rooms, and from the College's original accommodation facilities to newly built accommodation).
As a secondary school in New South Wales, the College teaches Year 7 to 12 students in accordance with the State Government's education curriculum, as determined by the Board of Studies. At the end of Year 12, successful students are accredited with their Higher School Certificate (HSC).
St Joseph's official sporting calendar revolves around competition with the eight other GPS Schools. However, it regularly competes against The Associated Schools (CAS) during the lead-up to each season, and as a member of the GPS (in GPS v CAS matches) at the end of each season.
St. Joseph's has a very proud, strong tradition in rugby union, being widely renowned as one of Australia's great rugby nurseries. Over the years, the college has produced many well known players who have represented at grade, state and national levels, including three Wallaby Captains. St. Joseph's proud history is displayed through their many 1st and 2nd XV premierships in the AAGPS competitions. Their most recent 1st XV success was in 2019, where the college won their 56th 1st XV premiership while the 2nd XV and 3rd XV were also undefeated to win their premierships.
Cricket has always been one of the premier summer sports at St. Joseph's. The college has always been strong in cricket, dating back to the inaugural AAGPS season, in which St. Joseph's shared the premiership along with Sydney Grammar School and Newington College. Stan McCabe remains the college's most well known cricketer. In recent years, St Joseph's has been consistently one of the best high school cricketing teams, winning both the AAGPS Premiership and Marist Cricket Carnival on multiple occasions.
St. Joseph's was the fourth Sydney school to take to the water (after Grammar, Riverview & Shore) and has been rowing in the GPS competition since 1907. Joeys had their inaugural GPS victory in 1911, then again in 1916. The College's 1st VIII victory in the 2015 race ended a drought dating back to 1973 at the AAGPS Head of the River.
Notable alumni: 'Old Boys'
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