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

Week 8 Book Fair

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Week 8 of term 1 is almost over. How has this term flying by…….


Over the course of this coming weekend we celebrate two special Feast Days that of St Patrick and then the School’s Patron St Joseph. As a second generation Irishman, St Patrick’s Day is a special day in the life of my family. Both of my grandfathers set sail to Australia as part of the Irish diaspora in the early 1900s risking a new life beyond the poverty of Ireland at the time. The contribution of Irish culture to modern Australia is very significant not only in commerce and politics. It would be right to say that the majority of Catholic Education in Australia has been founded by Irish priests, nuns and brothers. Our very own Mercy tradition here at St Joseph’s being founded by Catherine MacAuley.

On Sunday we celebrate St Joseph’s Day. Over the years I continue to have a growing appreciation of him as a key figure in the Catholic tradition. Though we do not have extensive scriptural background to St Joseph it is evident that he was a traveller, at one point a refugee, he was protective, giving and discerned the call and role that God had in mind for him. During the week you have received notification via Parent Paperwork that this weekend in the parish church we will have a number of displays about St Joseph that have been prepared by our students and teachers. So I invite you to come along to see the fine work produced by our school community and join other parishioners in the celebration of Eucharist especially at 8.30am Mass.Last Tuesday and Wednesday albeit under heavy skies, our year 11 and 12 Geography students went on a field trip to the Gold Coast as of part their coursework. Highlights included working with Griffith University and visiting Q1 observation deck.

Our Year 10s travelled on Wednesday to Toowoomba TAFE to a ‘Try a Trade Day’. Such days will assist our students to start thinking about their pathways here at St Joseph’s in 2018 and 2019.

Our Year 5s and 6s head off to their Camp at Noosa North Shore next Monday and I look to catching up with them on Tuesday.

I would like to thank all staff who have organised and prepared these activities. St Joseph’s really is a great place to grow and learn as a young person. You wouldn’t go anywhere else!


Phillip McGreevy



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