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At the opening of the St Pius X teaching wing in 1961, Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies spoke of “... the courage, wisdom and foresight of those who had begun St Joseph’s ... they were people who did things in a big way”.

St Joseph’s College was founded on the vision of St Marcellin Champagnat and each generation has developed and sustained it with generous gifts and donations to provide facilities, scholarships and educational programs. Indeed, the construction of our iconic main stone building would not have been possible without significant philanthropic support from our earliest benefactors. Nothing has changed. The College’s philanthropic tradition and culture remain crucial for generations to come.

This culture of philanthropy is embedded in Joeys life, with each generation contributing to the growth, development and sustainability of the College. Intergenerational responsibility acknowledges that what we have today is the legacy of those who have gone before us, and it is therefore our generation’s responsibility to do the same for those who come after us.

To ensure a strong and sustainable future, an organised fundraising program is an important and necessary activity of broader College life. Fundraising activities include major capital appeals, annual giving, fundraising events, bequests and other initiatives.

Specific responsibility for the oversight of fundraising activities rests with the Advancement Office, which, together with our affiliate groups, including SJC Foundation Ltd, SJC Parents & Friends Association and the SJC Old Boys Union, ensures a strategic and coordinated approach to all fundraising activities.

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In every decade of the College’s 140 years, major fundraising appeals have ensured that the College continues to grow and provide opportunities for new generations of Joeys boys. Appeals to the Joeys community to raise funds for major building projects, scholarship and bursary programs and other initiatives are a necessary component of ongoing College operations. In recent years, these major fundraising appeals have provided financial support for the establishment of SJC Indigenous Scholarship program (2010), construction of the Technology and Arts Precinct (2013) and the renovation of the College Chapel (2017) and the building of our brand new Aquatic and Fitness Centre (2022).

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St Joseph’s College is proud of its long-standing practice of supporting boys in a student population that is defined by its diversity. This has been possible in the past through generous scholarship and bursary donations and endowments. These funds cannot keep pace with the rapidly increasing cost of education and the financial pressures now faced by many families, particularly in rural and remote areas.

In 2021, more than 12% of Joeys students receive a needs-based bursary or some form of financial assistance. The success of our Indigenous Scholarship program and Boys from the Bush bursary program, together with named scholarships generously funded by benefactors, underscores the important place that boys from diverse backgrounds hold within the history and life of Joeys and our community. Our scholarship and bursary program aims to extend this support securely into the future to many more talented and deserving students through significantly increased endowment funds.

Our ultimate long-term aim is to have sufficient scholarship and bursary funds in perpetuity to enable the most deserving students to come to Joeys and thrive regardless of their capacity to pay.

For more information about scholarships and bursaries currently offered by the College and SJC Foundation, please click here.

If you wish to discuss any details about establishing or contributing to SJC scholarships and bursaries, please contact Annie Kenyon, Philanthropy Manager, at +61 448 369 397 or

“The past is never fully gone. It is absorbed into the present and the future. It stays to shape what we are and what we do.” 
Sir William Deane AC KBE (Old Boy, 1947)

A bequest is simply a gift made under a will.

For many Old Boys and for family and friends of St Joseph’s College, a bequest is the easiest way to make a lasting gift to the College and support the education of young men who are yet to come. 

Bequests are gifts with enduring impact and the College gratefully acknowledges the generous benefactors who, during their lifetime, have advised of their intention to include St Joseph’s College in their will. Bequests have played an important role in the history of the College and we are deeply grateful to every donor who continues to make excellence in education possible for SJC boys by leaving a bequest.

Detailed information on leaving a bequest to St Joseph’s College is available by downloading the following brochure:
Your Legacy – Leaving a Bequest to St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill

Please note: This document is not intended to give legal advice but rather assist you to make an informed decision about your affairs. We recommend you engage professional legal advice when drawing up your will. 

If you would like to discuss leaving a bequest to the College you are welcome to contact Annie Kenyon, Philanthropy Manager, at +61 448 369 397 or

Make a difference

During the development of St Joseph’s College in the 1960s and 1970s, Monsignor C J Duffy described it as: “Serene and enduring… yet she has never been in repose… but with unhurried speed she keeps abreast of the moving years in search of better things… providing in advance for the demands made upon her.” Supporters of St Joseph’s College play a vital role in ensuring a strong and confident future for the College and its students. 

Donations to SJC Foundation can be accepted in various ways:


  • Donations by cheque or credit card. For more information, please contact


  • Shares or bonds

  • A gift of a realisable asset

  • A bequest

  • A gift in kind such as livestock, professional services, or auction items 
for fundraising events held throughout the year. Contact

  • Assignment of a right to income

  • An insurance policy nominating the College as the beneficiary

Your support can be made by a single contribution, annual pledge or monthly credit card deductions, spread over a period of time to suit your circumstances. These contributions can be from an individual, family, company or a group gift.