St Joseph’s College is a school where the creative child has every opportunity to flourish, across Music, the Visual and Performing Arts, and Technological and Applied Studies (TAS).
The vibrant Music faculty has more than 20 ensembles catering for all instruments and abilities, from rock bands and a jazz improv group to the Chapel Choir and Big Band. While concerts demonstrating boys’ progress and learning are held throughout the year, the faculty also provides entertainment for school and community events and liturgical music for Masses, where Joeys’ cherished all-in singing tradition is also at the fore.
Every two years the College stages a musical that showcases the depth and breadth of its music and performing arts program. In 2019, The Wedding Singer performed to sell-out crowds over four nights at the Concourse Theatre, Chatswood.
The work of art students is on permanent exhibition throughout the College, testament to the important place that Visual Arts holds in College life. As well, a Student Art Exhibition is held each year, an opportunity for family and friends to enjoy the creations of every art student. The annual TAS exhibition spotlights the extraordinary achievements of boys expressing their creativity through project-based learning. In 2019, many works by boarders from rural areas were useable pieces of equipment for properties back home.
Joeys Visual Arts department is renowned for creativity and collaboration. Students and teachers work together to realise each boy’s artistic vision. Boys achieve consistently outstanding HSC results with all 2020 students receiving band 5 (80 per cent and over) and band 6 (above 90 per cent) marks. Joeys boys are always well represented in ARTEXPRESS, the prestigious annual exhibition of exemplary artworks by HSC students. In 2019 and 2020 six boys were nominated for the exhibition, with three selected to display their work at public art galleries.
Technical and Applied Studies
Joeys TAS students feature each year in InTech, the HSC exhibition of outstanding Major Projects in Industrial Technology. In 2020, five Joeys boys were nominated for this prestigious showcase. Their works included a portable hydraulic calf cradle, a contemporary entertainment unit and a tallboy with a watch display cabinet. Across the board, Industrial Technology HSC students received a mark 5.22 higher than the state average.
There are many opportunities for students to develop their theatrical talents. Drama Department evening performances include: The Short and Sweet Festival for Year 10, 11 and 12 students; HSC Drama Pre Showcase; The Senior Drama Production run over 4 nights; HSC Drama Showcase and Year 9 Drama Christmas Play. Excellence in HSC results has been a feature of the program with the 2020 cohort receiving four OnStage (the annual showcase of excellence by NESA) nominations, 58 per cent of candidature receiving Band 6 (a mark of 90 per cent or over) and many of the students being accepted into high-demand tertiary courses.
Music plays a vital role in the cultural, spiritual and educational life of the College. There are 25 music ensembles, three choirs and a liturgical singing tradition that involves every boy throughout his school years. In the 2020 HSC, Music students did exceptionally well: Music 1 and Music 2 were among the subjects where 100 per cent of boys achieved Band 5 (a mark above 80 per cent) or Band 6 (a mark above 90 per cent).