St Joseph’s College provides a broad curriculum which seeks to:

  • Foster and challenge the individuality, creativity, initiative and ability of all students.
  • Provide structures that enable students to study in the areas and levels most appropriate to their abilities, needs and interests.

Years 7 and 8

Boys in Years 7 and 8 study a common curriculum comprising Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Science, Technology, History, Geography, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE), Music and Visual Arts. Students have a choice of study in four languages – French, Latin, Japanese and Mandarin. Students also undertake an Outdoor Education program at the College’s Outdoor Education Centre, Colo.

Years 9 and 10

Core curriculum: Religious Education, Australian Geography, Civics and Citizenship, Australian History, Civics and Citizenship, English, Mathematics, Personal Development Health and Physical Development (PDHPE) and Science. Outdoor Education is completed in Year 9.

Electives: Agricultural Technology, Commerce, Design and Technology, Drama, French, Elective History, Graphics Technology, Industrial Technology (Wood and Metal), IST (Information and Software Technology), Japanese, Latin, Music, PASS (Physical Activity and Sports Science) and Visual Arts.

Years 11 and 12

The College offers an extensive learning program for students in Years 11 and 12, in an atmosphere where every boy is valued and a wide range of academic and personal development needs are catered for. Each student’s spiritual life is developed through participation in the compulsory Religious Education program that is an integral component of the spiritual dimension of the College.

St Joseph’s College offers a large range of academic courses that provide prerequisites for university courses throughout Australia. The academic program is designed for both students seeking entry into university as well students working towards achieving a well-rounded education in the pursuit of employment or further tertiary study at an institution other than university.

All students are encouraged and supported so they remain motivated and ambitious and achieve to the best of their ability.

Core Curriculum: Choice of Studies of Religion (SOR1 or SOR2), Religion – Catholic Studies. Choice of English Standard, English Advanced, English as a Second Language.

Electives: Agriculture, Ancient History, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Information Processes and Technology, Software Design and Development, Design and Technology, Drama, Economics, Engineering Studies, English – Extension 1, English – Extension 2, English – Fundamentals of English, French Continuers, General Mathematics, Geography, Hospitality Operations (TVET – see below), Industrial Technology – Metals and Engineering, Industrial Technology – Furniture and Timber Products, Japanese Continuers, Latin Continuers, Legal Studies, Mathematics, Mathematics – Extension 1, Mathematics – Extension 2, Modern History, Music 1, Music 2, Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE), Physics, Primary Industries (TVET – see below), Senior Science, Visual Arts.

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) courses offer Year 11 and 12 students the opportunity to study for TAFE NSW qualifications as part of their regular Higher School Certificate study program.

The College currently offers two TVET courses: Hospitality Operations and Primary Industries. These courses count towards the HSC and, upon successful completion of their Year 12 studies, students receive a Certificate II in Hospitality (Operations) or a Certificate II in Primary Industries in addition to their Higher School Certificate. A maximum of two (2) units worth of TVET courses may count towards a student’s ATAR depending on the result achieved when the student sits for the optional HSC exam in these courses.

The College also offers students the opportunity to study a variety of specialist courses at TAFE and through OTEN (Open Training Education Network). These courses provide students with skills, training and qualifications that will give them a head start in their chosen career or further training.

For further information about any aspect of teaching and learning at St Joseph’s College, please contact

Mr Matthew Bookallil
Director of Teaching and Learning 
Telephone: (02) 9816 0870

Engaged learners striving for personal excellence.