St Joseph's School, Stanthorpe | Living Mercy since 1875

Sport & cocurricular



On the Primary Campus, social and artistic opportunities include Eisteddfod entry for individuals and class groups. Students also experience performances twice a year from visiting Arts Council workshops. Our school also takes advantage of many local members of the community to enhance our students learning.

Sporting opportunities include after school sport supervised by our teachers at the YMCA, participation in selection trials for all regional sports and inter and intra school sport for all Year 4 to 7 students on Friday afternoons in the sports of Football, Netball, Softball, Rugby League, Touch Football and Cricket.

Academic opportunities include the District Lecturette Competition for our year seven students and Academic Competitions run by the Educational Testing Centre of The University of New England – English, Mathematics, Computer Studies and Science. Students also participate in the Darling Downs Mathematics Team Challenge and the Australasian Mathematical Olympiad. For a number of years now our students have also participated in World Maths Day.

The students undertake many varied excursions in our local region and south east Queensland dependant on the age group involved. These activities include the annual Year Six Leadership Camp; overnight stays at school, and local venues and visits to such centres as the Jondaryan Woolshed, The Sciencentre, Museum, State Parliament House and the CSIRO in Brisbane as well as Seaworld and Wet n Wild on the Gold Coast as well as our marvellous Girraween National Park and Local Museum. These activities are planned for the enhancement and strengthening of academic understandings as well as the social benefits involved.



St Joseph's provides opportunities for students to participate in extra curricular activities during the year.

On the Secondary Campus social and artistic opportunities may include Eisteddfod entry for individuals and class groups, intra-house and inter-school Debating, Toastmasters and Tournament of Minds.

Other activities include such things as term dances, social activities, development days and English, Science and Mathematics competitions.

Students compete in various inter-house competitions including swimming, cross country and athletics. The secondary students also have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of other sporting activities. As many sports as possible are offered to the students and teams are formed if there is enough student interest and adult supervision is available.

Competitive inter-school sport teams that have operated include swimming, athletics, cross-country, soccer, futsal, rugby league, hockey, netball, basketball and touch football. Those sports that have specific school-based competitions are most popular, as students often are committed to club teams for club-based sports. Netball and soccer both have specific school-based competitions and are therefore very popular. Those students skilled in other sports are given the opportunity to try for selection in Border and District teams.



As a prep to Year 12 school we are in the fortunate position of offering a seamless education and transition that enables all of our students to work together.

At present, primary and secondary students collectively participate in St Joseph's Day celebrations, Anzac Day Celebrations, Apple and Grape Grand Parade, the school athletics and cross country carnivals. School Eucharistic celebrations are also whole school events in which primary and secondary students participate.

The school is also committed to a school musical once every two years. In 2015, with the support of staff and parents we successfully staged "Annie" to a highly appreciative audience from our school and wider community. Musicals provide students with the opportunity to be involved in all aspects of theatre but more importantly they give an opportunity for primary and secondary students to work together.