This program provides Indigenous students from both urban and rural communities with the opportunity of an outstanding education in an environment that is supported by appropriate pastoral care. Parents, carers and families of Indigenous students are warmly welcomed into the College community and are encouraged to actively engage with the school. Liaison with students and families is facilitated through a number of structures including the roles of the Indigenous Coordinator and the Director of Mission.
Indigenous students actively contribute to all facets of life at St Joseph’s and regularly take part in community events such as the National Indigenous Leadership Program, local council Reconciliation Day events and NAIDOC Week celebrations.
The St Joseph’s College Indigenous Program (SJCIP) has existed in many forms for many decades but with the same pursuit; to strive to lead the way in Reconciliation in Australia through education.
As the College works shoulder to shoulder with their families and communities, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students of the SJCIP are challenged to be leaders and ambassadors in Reconciliation through continued dialogue the sharing and celebration of their rich and diverse culture and heritage.
The Smith Family IYLP
The Indigenous Youth Leadership Program (IYLP) supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students living in remote or very remote areas of Australia to attend high performing secondary school (government and non–government, day and boarding) and / or university to complete Year 12 and / or an undergraduate degree.
The program contributes to the development of skills in leadership in a range of ways. Students are supported in their leadership journeys on personal, academic and professional levels. St Joseph’s College continues to work in close partnership with The Smith Family who currently support 28 of the Colleges Indigenous students.
The boys of the SJC Indigenous Program cherish the tangible spirit of Reconciliation that is alive at Joeys and take great pride in knowing that as a College, we are able to provide an example for the wider community.