Welcome to St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School. Founded by the Mercy sisters, St Joseph’s
provides a Christ centred environment where students develop as compassionate, responsible
and engaged members of the community. The current enrolment in our double stream school
caters for children younger than three who enjoy our Joey Play Café through to Year Six
classes. The Teaching and Learning program at St Joseph’s provides a wide range of
educational and faith experiences, creating lifelong learners who have the ability to
draw upon processes and skills, to manage the demands of future technologies in an ever
fluid society. This empowers each child to reach their God-given potential and explore
the wonders of our world. Our dedicated staff, together with other outstanding facilities,
learning spaces and resources, combine to foster an atmosphere that values excellence.
It is truly a privilege to lead this Catholic school and our staff are honoured to be part
of your child’s educational and spiritual journey. We aim to work in partnership with families
to develop each child to their full potential and establish a love of learning and a love of
God in all our students. We actively encourage and support parents in understanding their
role alongside the school and welcome their involvement. The home-school relationship is
centred in ongoing communication, shared values, openness and trust. We have a vibrant
Parents and Friends Association which makes our school truly community focused.
We encourage you to use the information on this website to explore the wonderful opportunities
that your child can experience at St Joseph’s or alternatively contact the school office for
further information and a school tour.
The St Joseph's Catholic Primary School Community continues the mission of our Sisters of
Staff, students and parents work collaboratively in an inclusive environment to empower the
whole child to grow and learn about God, themselves and the world.
Through the provision of excellence in education, the students are supported in becoming
compassionate, resilient and active members of their community who have the courage to act on
St. Joseph’s Catholic Primary School is a Christ-centred community, within the Bunbury Parish,
which aspires to educate and develop the whole child in a caring, Catholic environment,
recognising and respecting the uniqueness, dignity and the rights of others.
Our school crest reminds us that our school continues a tradition of dedication and service
brought to Bunbury by the Sisters of Mercy almost 100 years ago.
The cross conveys the centrality of Christ and Church to our school.
The "Ms", which form 'spires' on our crest, reminds us of the Sisters of Mercy teaching order
which was involved in founding Catholic Schools in Bunbury, and Mary the Mother of Jesus. The
rising red and green spires also reflect the presence of the Church and of our own hopes of
growing towards God.
Living: We try to live the way that Jesus showed us to and it gives us our incentive
to behave and succeed to the best of our ability.
Loving: Reminds us that we must love everyone equally and forgive those who do us
Learning: We learn the way of God through working to our maximum capacity.
Our FAITH is the energy which drives our lives.
St Joseph's is fortunate to enjoy a large amount of parental involvement. This not only
enhances our learning programmes but also gives parents the opportunity to be a part of their
child's education at school. There are a wide range of areas where parents can assist in
classroom programmes such as participating in the Kindergarten and Pre-Primary rosters, Toe By
Toe Reading, library helpers, canteen and so forth.
The School Board assists the Principal in a number of ways with the two main areas being
financial management and capital development. The School Board is accountable to the Catholic
Education Western Australia. The Board meets on a monthly basis. Each year an Annual General
Meeting is held and all parents, except those employed by the school, are eligible for
Parents and guardians are encouraged to be active participants within the Parents and Friends
Association which exists to improve the educational facilities for the students, provide a
forum for school / home liaison and to organise social events. Meetings are held each month and
parents are informed of the time in the newsletters and via our Google Calendar. It is hoped
that every family will be represented at these meetings.
Catholic Education was first established in Bunbury by the Sisters of Mercy in 1898. Their
tradition of faith and service was continued when St Mary's opened in South Bunbury in 1904,
and again when the Marist Brothers opened a college for boys in 1954. In 1972 a School Board
was formed to review the provision of Catholic Education in Bunbury and to plan for future
needs. The following year the college became the co-educational Bunbury Catholic College.
In 1978 the junior school, which had been established at St Thomas' in Carey Park, was
amalgamated with St Mary's, catering for all the junior primary children in Catholic schools in
Bunbury. St Joseph's, in the centre of town, was the site for middle and upper primary
children. The Sisters of Mercy were, by then, ready to move into other areas of service in
Bunbury. So the central town site, focused on the old convent, was sold and the present St
Joseph's building was commenced on the boundary of Glen Padden on four hectares of land made
available through the generous donation of Deacon Michael and Phyllis Flynn.
The school moved out from town in 1982. In 1985 separate School Boards were formed for
secondary and primary schools and over a transitional period, St Mary's and St Joseph's
developed the resources to accept enrolments for Pre-Primary to year 7 children on each site.
At the end of 1992 Bunbury Catholic Primary School ceased to exist and St Mary's and St
Joseph's became fully independent primary schools.
St Joseph's is a double stream primary school catering for approximately 500 students. The
school is located four kilometres from the main Mass centre, being the St Patrick's Cathedral
site. The school has a purpose-built Chapel which is used for weekly staff prayer and year
level liturgies. The covered assembly area is also used for whole school Masses.
During recent years the school has experienced steady student population growth. Strong housing
development in the southern Bunbury region, particularly in Dalyellup, has contributed to this
growth. Generally, this increase in enrolments has resulted in some classes reaching capacity,
with a current waiting list, whilst others are in the vicinity of 30 students.
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School strives:
Strategic Plan 2019-2022
The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to describe minimum standards of conduct in all
behaviour and decision making to ensure the safety and well-being of students.
The Code applies to staff, students, volunteers, parents and guardians as applicable. The term
‘parents’ includes guardians.
Code of Conduct PDF
Code of Conduct Students PDF