St. Joseph's College, Hunters Hill

St. Joseph's College, Hunters Hill

Infobox Aust school private
name = St Joseph's College

motto = " _la. In Meliora Contende"
(Latin:"Strive for better things")cite news| title = Schools acting to protect their trade marks | url =| work = Catholic Resources| publisher = CathNews| date = 2004-03-15| accessdate = 2007-10-28]
established = 1881cite web|url =|title =St Joseph's College|accessdate = 2007-10-28|year = 2007|work = New South Wales Schools|publisher = Australian Boarding Schools Association]
type = Private, Single-sex, Secondary, Day and Boarding
denomination = Roman Catholic, Marist
slogan =
key_people = Mr Ross Tarlinton (Headmaster)
Rev. Fr Kevin Tuitu’u, C.P. (Chaplain)
fees = AU$18,306 p.a (Day)
AU$26,175 p.a (Boarding)cite web|url =|title =St Joseph's College 2008 Schedule of Fees|accessdate = 2008-01-18|year = 2008|format = PDF|work = Enrolments|publisher = St. Joseph's College]
city = Hunters Hill
state = New South Wales
country = Australia flagicon|Australia
coordinates = coord|33|49|54|S|151|8|20|E|display=inline,title
enrolment = ~960 (7–12)
num_employ = ~111cite web|url =|title =Annual Report 2006|accessdate = 2007-10-28|year = 2007|format = PDF|work = Home|publisher = St. Joseph's College]
revenue =
colours = Pink and Blue color box|#DE3163color box|#0000FF
homepage = []

St Joseph's College (SJC or Joey's) is a Roman Catholic, Secondary, day and boarding school for boys, located in Hunters Hill, a suburb on the Lower North Shore of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Founded by the Marist Brothers in 1881, Joey's currently caters for approximately 960 students from Years 7 to 12, including 740 boarders, making it the largest boarding school in Australia.cite web|url =|title =St Joseph's College Hunters Hill|accessdate = 2007-10-28|year = 2007|work = New South Wales|publisher = School Choice]

The College is affiliated with the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA),cite web |url= |title=AHISA Schools |accessdate=2007-10-28|year =2007 |month =April |work=New South Wales |publisher=Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia] the Australian Boarding Schools' Association (ABSA), the Association of Marist Schools of Australia (AMSA),cite web |url= |title=Member School Links |accessdate=2007-10-28|year =2007 |work=About AMSA|publisher=Association of Marist Schools of Australia] and is a founding member of the Athletic Association of the Great Public Schools of New South Wales (AAGPS).cite web|url =|title =AAGPS History|accessdate = 2007-10-28|year = 2007|work = Info|publisher = Athletic Association of the Great Public Schools of New South Wales]

In 2006, due to a steady decline in the number of religious teachers, Joey's saw the appointment of its first lay headmaster, Mr. Ross Tarlinton.cite news| first = Anna| last = Patty| title = Band of brothers makes way for a layman| url =| work = National| publisher = The Sydney Morning Herald| date = 2006-04-26| accessdate = 2007-10-28]



St Joseph's College (SJC) can trace its origins back to the Marist Brothers' school founded in Harrington Street, Church Hill which was attached to St Patrick's Catholic Church. The Headmaster, Rev. Br Emilian Pontet then sought out land to found a new school elsewhere. After inspecting several locations, Hunters Hill was chosen due to its proximity to the Marist Fathers' Monastery and Parish of Villa Maria.

On 29 July 1881, the Headmaster, Rev. Br Emilian Pontet, transferred the school from Harrington Street to Hunter's Hill, founding St Joseph's College in a temporary wooden building with a student population of 55. Within six years of its founding, keen observers had taken notice. In 1887, James Francis Hogan wrote in "The Irish in Australia" that:

St. John's College, affiliated to the University of Sydney; St. Ignatius' College, Riverview, conducted by the Jesuit Fathers; and St. Joseph's College, Hunter Hill (sic), under the management of the Marist Fathers, are three educational institutions that reflect the highest credit on the Catholic population of the parent colony. Hogan, James Francis, " [ The Irish in Australia] ", 1887. Reproduced by Project Gutenberg (retrieved 15 June 2006).]


The College opened in 1881 in a temporary wooden building, however, it has continued to expand its grounds and buildings since then. Some examples are the construction of the main building's southern wing in 1882–1884; the building of the central and northern wing in 1889–1894 and the building of the Chapel in 1938–1940. The College's main playing fields were bought in 1893.cite web|url =|title =History|accessdate = 2007-10-28|work = The College|publisher = St. Joseph's College]

Today the College is situated on a 16 hectare campus overlooking the Lane Cove and Parramatta Rivers, in suburban Hunter's Hill, six kilometres from the Sydney central business district. The current facilities of the school include:


St Joseph's has approximately four buildings that are used for the purposes of accommodation. Three of these are for Years 10, 11 and 12 respectively. The College's main building, which has stood since the 1880s, contains dorms for the junior years, as well as all the College's refs, the infirmary, teachers lounge, a chapel and administration offices.

The College operates kitchens and a laundry catering for all students, teachers and brothers.

Academic facilities

The College has a significant number of academic facilities, including a large four-storey building solely containing science laboratories and classrooms, a library and resource centre, a visual arts centre, a music centre, a hall and five computer labs.

porting facilities

Similar to other GPS schools, St Joseph's owns a large number of sporting facilities for use in both training and competition. The College owns and operates approximately 10 playing fields for cricket, rugby and soccer. Its main rugby field is often used by higher level teams for training purposes.

Joeys also owns a boat shed for its rowing club situated on nearby Tarban Creek, approximately eight tennis courts, four basketball courts, a number of cricket nets, a swimming pool, two gymnasiums (for gymnastics and weightlifting respectively) and a cardio room.

Outdoor education facilities

In 1986 St Joseph's opened "Colo", an outdoor education centre for Years 7 to 9. It provides education in various outdoor activities, culminating in extended expeditions in Year 9.


Marist Brothers

As a Marist school, Marist brothers have their own accommodation on the school grounds and work to maintain its status, holding a number of the executive positions at the College. Saint Marcellin Champagnat was the founder of the Marist Brothers. In 2006, Mr Ross Tarlinton became the first lay headmaster of the College.


With a boarding population of 740, SJC is the largest boarding school in Australia, and offers full boarding as well as weekly boarding options (where students go home on weekends). In recent times the College has also offered day-schooling, and students who do not board are known as 'day-boys'.

A number of dormitories ('dorms') and refectories ('refs') are located on the College grounds for boarders and day-boys alike. Dorms and refs are segregated by year, and students tend to receive larger, more private and more privileged accommodation as they advanced through the years (i.e. students move from large dormitories to single rooms, and from the College's original accommodation facilities to newly built accommodation).


As a secondary school in New South Wales, the College teaches Year 7 to 12 students in accordance with the State Government's education curriculum, as determined by the Board of Studies. Year 10 student's are prepared for the School Certificate, and at the end of Year 12, successful students are accredited with their Higher School Certificate (HSC).


St Joseph's College offers a variety of co-curricular activities, including Senior Orchestra, Chess and Debating. Joey's is however best known as a strong sporting school.


St Joseph's official sporting calendar revolves around competition with the eight other GPS schools. However, it regularly competes against Combined Associated Schools (CAS) during the lead-up to each season and as a member of the GPS (in GPS vs CAS matches) at the end of each season. Such events, whilst unofficial, are still very competitive and are developing into significant events in their own right. GPS sports include:
* Rugby Union
* Athletics
* Cricket
* Rowing
* Tennis
* Badminton
* Basketball
* Swimming
* Cross country
* Soccer
* Water Polo

Rugby union

St Joseph's has strong sporting traditions, particularly in rugby union where it has produced many famous grade, state schoolboy, Australian schoolboy, state and national (including Wallabies) representatives.Fact|date=July 2008 By 2006, St Joseph's had won 55 1st XV premierships since the AAGPS competition commenced in 1889, and had come second in many other years.Fact|date=July 2008 In 2007 St Josephs 1st and 2nd XV finished undefeated.Fact|date=July 2008


Cricket at St Joseph's remains the most popular summer sport with a history of success in all age groups, especially in the 1st and 2nd XI.Fact|date=July 2008 Stan McCabe is the College's most famous cricketer.

Notable alumni: 'Old Boys'

Alumni of St Joseph's College, Hunter's Hill are commonly referred to as Old Boys, and may elect to join the schools alumni association, the St Joseph's College Old Boys' Union (SJCOBU).cite web|url =|title =Welcome to the SJC Old Boys' Union|accessdate = 2007-10-28|year = 2007|work = Home|publisher = St Joseph's College Old Boys' Union] For a list of notable SJC Old Boys, see "List of Old Boys of St. Joseph's College, Hunters Hill".


* [ Five-eighth prodigy is total package] , Ben Kimber, 'The Sydney Morning Herald', June 22, 2006.

Further reading

* Naughtin, M. 1981. "A Century of Striving: St Joseph's College, Hunter's Hill, 1881-1981". Macarthur Press, Sydney. ISBN 095955596X.

ee also

*List of non-government schools in New South Wales
*List of boarding schools
*Lawrence Campbell Oratory Competition

External links

* [ St. Joseph's College Website]
* [ Marist Brothers Website]

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