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School Profile

St Joseph's Primary School Springvale is part of the vibrant, culturally and linguistically diverse community of Springvale and broader St Joseph’s Parish Community.

Our school nurtures a strong Catholic culture centred on Jesus Christ. Our staff, in partnership with our Parrish, strive to ensure that the children in our care have the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with God through the lens of Catholic social teaching and a commitment to student and family wellbeing.


Our highly experienced and capable staff are able to meet the individual needs of students and to support them to achieve and grow to meet their potential. St Josephs is proud of the academic and growth results which students achieve which is above local and state averages.


St Josephs offers a broad range of experiences for students which meets the requirements of the Victorian Curriculum but also develop students as global citizens and independent lifelong learners.


St Joseph's has approximately 620 students in Years Prep – Grade 6. The school is nestled behind the Springvale shopping precinct with its main entrance on St John's Avenue. St Joseph’s school are excited to be able to easily walk to the new Springvale Library and community Hub.


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.


Our school and parish have grown and reflected the changing post war migration patterns: 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.


St Joseph’s, like Springvale has a strong and proud link to the Vietnamese community and a significant number of families who's children attend the school are from a Vietnamese background.

School Profile
Principal's Welcome

Principal's Welcome

It is my pleasure to warmly invite you to become part of our St. Joseph’s school. It’s an honour to be the Principal of this school because of the consistent and very high level of academic achievement and the excellent reputation for the care and nurture we provide all children. I am very proud to say that our students are at the heart of everything we do and say.


We are a very respectful community that lives out the Gospel values of love, forgiveness, justice and truth. We promote a Catholic environment and pastoral tone so that the Catholic message is experienced by students, parents and staff, where-by the climate of the school is a form of catechesis and living witness. (Make disciples of all: Mt 28:19).


Everyone at St Joseph’s strives with high expectations to give each child the opportunity to succeed and shine and to grow in all aspects, across their social emotional, spiritual, cognitive and physical learning. We infuse the core teachings of Catholicity and wellbeing across the whole curriculum. (I Came That You May Have Life and have it to the full: Jn 10:10).


We aim to educate today for tomorrow, so your child will have the self-belief, skills, knowledge, wellbeing and attributes to contribute and flourish in a world that is fast moving, where jobs of the future are yet to be imagined. (Nurture leadership of all: Jn13:12-25).


We are an incredible learning community and as such a wonderful place to belong. I am, along with everyone, truly privileged to be in this unique school community. (Where two or three gather, I am there: Mt 18:20).


As Principal of St Joseph’s I warmly welcome you to come and visit us and have a tour of our beautiful school.


Chris O’Connell

School tour

School Tour
School Vision and Values

School Vision and Values

St. Joseph’s School is a Culturally and Linguistically diverse community sharing a common belief in a Catholic ideal of life centred on Jesus Christ. We offer students a learning program pervaded with the spirit and values of the Gospel. We are committed to an understanding that education aims to achieve 'wholeness' for all its members.


This Vision Statement is the cornerstone of our school policy. Consequently St. Joseph’s is committed to welcoming, supporting, educating, empowering, serving, celebrating, reconciling and evangelising in order to enable all members of our community to grow in body, mind and spirit.

School Values

At St Joseph’s we believe that we all have the right:

  • To be treated with respect

  • To feel safe and be safe

  • To learn and to teach

  • To a welcoming, stimulating environment.

St Joseph’s core values reflect the Values of Australian Schooling: love, respect, compassion, tolerance, flexibility, optimism, forgiveness, integrity, cooperation and justice.


Also promoted is Social and Emotional Learning: Self-awareness, Self-management, Social awareness, Relationship skills and Responsible decision-making.


Our school has a special welcome for all – children, parents, staff, the newcomer, the outsider and the disadvantaged. As a school we strive to create a sense of home, a place of warmth, friendliness and openness; a place where children feel safe and at ease with others, where the Parish Clergy, parents, children and staff feel that they and their contributions are important and valuable.


Our school provides the specialisation, the facilities and the resources for the benefit of the whole Parish community. We cater especially for those who are in need within the school community.


As a Catholic school community we celebrate together because of our common belief in Jesus the Christ expressed through the Eucharist, liturgies, sacraments and prayer. Our celebrations bring the school community closer together and to one other.


The school is committed to providing a safe, nurturing environment where all children are safe and protected. The Pastoral Policy of our school is to encourage, accept, affirm and support all the members of our school and parish community. Through our policies and programs, we assist our students to become active and responsible Australian citizens.


Our school seeks to promote learning as a partnership between the family and the school involving parents, students, staff and other community members. Students are encouraged to have an active voice in the school community. All participate in the decision making processes based on the model of service that Jesus himself practised.


Our school is sensitive to the feelings of those who are struggling to succeed and live with dignity in the face of adversity. We look to the Gospel values of compassion, empathy, tolerance and reconciliation to help us overcome barriers and find new directions to enable us to move forward and grow.


Staff demonstrate a passion and dedication for teaching providing a stimulating and challenging environment. This encourages students to take initiative and become independent learners. We promote lifelong learning and excellence to assist our students to be active learners who can articulate and reflect on their learning. As a school we recognise that students learn in different ways and feedback is an essential component of the learning process. Our school fosters a strong partnership based on mutual trust and respect between students, parents, teachers and the wider community.


Evangelisation is part of the missionary role of the Order of Franciscans Minor Conventuals (Grey Friars) which in turn is reinforced within the school. We welcome each and every child and encourage understanding and appreciation of different creeds and cultures, whilst fostering a knowledge of the Catholic Faith Community.

School Hours

School Hours

For general enquiries or to make an appointment please contact the school office between 8:30 am - 4:00 pm on any school day.


Phone: (03) 9546 8223


The school office is situated at the main entrance of the school, on St. John's Avenue. Please use this entrance if you are visiting the school during school hours.


School hours






School Office Hours

8:30am – 3:45pm          Monday – Friday


Before and after school care

Doors and gates open daily at 8:15am.


Youth Leadership Victoria conducts the Out of School Hours program at St. Joseph’s Primary School. The program is open to all primary school aged children and offers a range of planned activities for children in a safe and caring environment. The program operates on the school premises out of the school hall.


The program provides:

  • A safe and supervised environment for all children attending.

  • A planned indoor/outdoor program for all children in care.

  • A range of activity choices for children.    

  • Program costs below those of other programs in the municipality.

  • Snacks included in costs.

  • Child care rebate available.

  • Experienced, motivated and dedicated staff.

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