Thank you for choosing to find out more about St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Oatley.
We acknowledge and pay our respects to the traditional custodians of this land, the Dharug people. Who long before us lived, loved and raised their children on this land. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
We also acknowledge all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in our country and recognise their deep spiritual connections to land, water and community.
As principal of this wonderful school, I am guided and inspired by the words of St Mary Mackillop, ‘we must teach more by example than by word’.
I am passionate about building a community, where our students, staff, parish and families work together to make our school the very best it can be.
There are many great qualities that make St Joseph’s a unique school: the warmth of the community, the dedicated and caring teachers, the variety of authentic opportunities provided and the way we learn.
We are a welcoming community that fosters relationships within our school and parish.
This partnership sustains a culture that enables the whole child to be nurtured to grow in faith and knowledge and live in peace.
We are committed to Catholic education, taking pride in our professionalism and collegiality. Our principles of learning reflect our belief that students learn best when they engage and inquire in order to achieve. Our school, situated in the village of Oatley, provides students with ‘A time to learn, a place to grow’. My staff and I look forward to watching your child grow at St Joseph’s.
Our mission at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Oatley is to educate our children within the framework of an authentic Catholic community. Jesus Christ is the central person in our school and we are called to oneness in Him.
Within the context of Gospel values and with special consideration of the Church teachings on social justice issues, we are committed to nurturing the individual development of each child. We recognise and strive to foster the intellectual, social, physical, spiritual and emotional dimensions of each child’s life.
We are called to be members of a community of God’s People, journeying together and sharing the Christian life. We strive to be people who are:
St Joseph’s Catholic Parish Church conveniently sits right next door to our school, on the corner of Frederick and Rosa Streets in Oatley. Our school and the parish work together to ensure our students grow in faith, knowledge and peace.
Parish Priest, Fr Paul, frequently visits our school and enjoys a weekly morning tea with the staff as together, they build on the trust and fellowship that binds the parish and the staff. He visits students in their classroom once a term to make connections and to talk to them about our faith. In addition to these informal gatherings, a class joins the parish community to celebrate Mass at 12pm each term, on a Thursday. These Masses are a cherished gathering of our school and parish community.
Everyone is welcome to join our parish family, so if you are new please make yourself known to Fr Paul.