St Joseph’s School has good quality facilities which are always being improved. These facilities are both physical and technological. Being a school opened in 1927 and having many years of building and improvements, the school has enjoyed both very modern spaces as well as ‘lived in, homely’ spaces.
In 2010, we opened a contemporary Library which is open, bright, welcoming and flexible for a variety of learning activities. We also opened a Performing Arts Hall with fully equipped stage and lighting equipment. We use this space twice weekly for assemblies, for whole school and year level liturgies and instrumental music. We also hire the hall to community groups for meetings and gatherings.
Our Year 1 and 2 students enjoy the recently renovated learning spaces which are attractive and functional.
A Master Planning Committee exists with the role of assessing the school site and developing a plan for future improvements. As a result, we have developed a Master Plan which involves the rebuilding of a contemporary and modern school, with agile and flexible spaces to learn in. This plan is well researched and is based on the needs of modern learners and will future proof St Joseph’s. A grant application for funding this project was submitted in 2016 and we await the outcome.
The Parents and Friends have engaged in the beautification projects of the school and in 2014, the Peace and Vegetable Gardens were redeveloped, creating spaces for relaxation and outdoor learning.
Our school is well equipped for the tropics, with a large amount of undercover and shaded play spaces. This includes a double sized hard-court surface.
We have invested considerably to upgrade our network to enable the digital learning initiatives we are now engaged in. This included the installation of fibre optic cabling as well as high powered wireless access points.
Each of our air-conditioned classrooms has large digital screens and some, interactive whiteboards. This, with a high ratio of 1:1 devices, makes for a physical and digital environment conducive to optimal learning.