About St Joseph's Nundah

Mary MacKillop | MJR School | School Song

St Joseph’s School is a co-educational Catholic Primary School catering for students in Prep to Year Seven. Our school has been dedicated to catholic schooling for over ninety years since the school’s opening in 1916 by the Sisters of St Joseph. These women brought the traditions and spirituality of Mary MacKillop. St Joseph’s still has strong connections with the Josephite sisters. The nearby St Joseph’s Hostel enables the sisters to regularly visit our students for special events.

Mary MacKillop

Mary MacKillop was a young woman with a dream to make a difference in our world. Her passionate spirit has touched the ‘heart and soul of the Australian people. Mary was an ordinary woman who lived an extraordinary life.

Mary’s Story
Mary was born in Melbourne in 1842, of Scottish descent. As a young woman she became concerned that so many children in rural Australia could not afford to be educated. Mary knew that education was one of the keys to freedom and that it was unfair that so many children should be denied access to education. She also knew that God's love was the greatest freedom of all, and that through the right sort of education, children could come to learn about God's love.

Together with her friend Fr Julian Tennison Woods, she developed a plan for starting up schools for children caught in the trap of poverty. Her dream was to help them fulfil their potential and draw them closer to Jesus Christ. She gathered other like-minded girls and young women and put her plan into action. These women became the community of religious sisters known as the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Their work had marvellous results. But it also aroused opposition. Like Jesus, Mary was persecuted and criticised, sometimes by malicious gossip in the press; sometimes by her own friends; sometimes by people in high places. At one point, a bishop wrongfully excommunicated her! Mary and her companions were shattered. But they patiently endured the ordeal and after six months the bishop realised his mistake and withdrew the excommunication.

Whilst Mary MacKillop’s legacy is seen in the light of her enormous contribution to Catholic education in Australia and New Zealand, she is also honoured for her work in responding to people in need – the orphaned, the sick, the destitute and the abandoned members of society.

Mary MacKillop died in Sydney on 8 August 1909. She was beatified by Pope John Paul 11 in Sydney in January, 1995 and is known as Blessed Mary MacKillop.

Mary MacKillop’s spirit lives on in all people who follow her example in meeting the needs in today’s society – working for a Christian influence in all areas of education and respecting the human dignity of each person in all circumstances of life.

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Making Jesus Real (MJR)

This is a way of living which the St Joseph’s school family teaches and witnesses to one another. It is an everyday spirituality with a positive approach to life and highlights the importance of respectful and right relationships with all those we meet. MJR encourages us to be W.E.S.T. people. W.E.S.T. is an acronym for Welcome, Encourage, Sorry, Thanks.

These are simple ways we can make Jesus real to others by the way we treat them. It is based on the philosophy that little things in life are often BIG important things. We can become givers of compliments, encouraging words, smiles, thanks, sorry, please, a wave, wink or thumbs up. Every kind act that we do is living our religion – those small simple gestures are living as Jesus would want us to do. They help us to be a happy and positive person. When we live out W.E.S.T. we are making the Gospel, the “Good News”, happen in our daily lives.

At the end of each day we need to ask ourselves these questions:

  • Where was Jesus in my life today?
  • Did I see God and the good in myself and others?

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School Song

Big Hearts

CHORUS
St Joseph’s is a great school
Small but very strong
We all have big hearts
And everyone belongs

Verse 1
We are great in spirit
With a faith that we all share
In Blessed Mary’s footsteps
To give, to love, to care

Verse 2
At sport we do our best
Together we make one team
Running, swimming, jumping high
We reach out to our dream

CHORUS
St Joseph’s is a great school
Small but very strong
We all have big hearts
And everyone belongs

Verse 3
We value all that we can learn
Through history, prayer and wonder
Shining brighter than the sun
We are St Joseph’s Nundah

RAP
Nundah, Nundah,
Join us here up on the hill
Our school (Our School) is open wide
So with one voice come and sing (Sing)
Sing with all your might.

CHORUS
St Joseph’s is a great school
Small but very strong
We all have big hearts
And everyone belongs

We all have big hearts
And everyone belongs

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