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School Profile

The school is located behind the Springvale shopping precinct with its main entrance on St John's Avenue. It is in close proximity to the Springvale Community Health Centre, Springvale Library and Springvale Railway Station. The school, the church and the friary are all located on the same block.

St Joseph's Primary School, Springvale, commenced in 1938 with an opening enrolment of approximately 43 children. It was initially staffed by the Sisters of Notre Dame des Missions, but from the 1950s the school was run by the Brigidine Sisters. In 1974 the Conventual Franciscan Friars, OFM Conv, assumed the pastoral care of St Joseph's Parish. The Brigidine Sisters maintained a presence in the school until the mid 1980s.

Over the years the school and parish have grown and reflected the changing migration patterns of our country: from British and European immigrants to refugees from Asia, Africa and South America. At present the school has students from 17 different countries, speaking about 27 different languages.

School Description

Currently St Joseph's has an enrolment of approximately 620 students in Years Prep - 6. St Joseph's is a multicultural community of families sharing a common belief in a Christian concept of life centered on Jesus Christ. As a Catholic school we have a mandate to ensure that the children in our care develop a personal relationship with God. This is done in conjunction with our parish community. We offer students a teaching and learning program permeated with the spirit and values of the Gospel. We aim to integrate skills across all key learning areas with a positive and reflective Religious Education program based on the Melbourne Archdiocesan texts, 'Coming To Know, Worship and Love'.

In a world that is constantly changing, education strives to prepare students to meet their present and future needs. Therefore it is St Joseph's aim to develop students who are lifelong learners, who are independent and able to acquire new skills to meet the challenges they encounter.