Religious Life of the School

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The four components of the Religious Life of the School are mu​tually reinforcing but distinctive aspects of the living faith of St Joseph's School.  Our aim is to provide opportunities for each child to develop a close personal relationship with God. 

Religious Identity & Culture

From the first time you step into St Joseph's School at Nundah you will feel and see something special. 

We nurture faith and spiritual development in a Catholic Christian environment steeped in the unique Australian spirituality of Mary MacKillop.  

With the support of our talented Visual Arts teacher, Mrs Antonini, students have created meaningful and beautiful artworks and icons to capture the spirit of our Catholic Christian tradition.

Evangelisation & Faith Formation

St Joseph's School operates in a rapidly changing, complex, global world.  Our school RE program seeks to reflect a Catholic Christian worldview that integrates faith, life and culture in this contemporary and multi-faith context. 

St Joseph's is a place where students and their families encounter the mission and outreach of the church especially through pastoral care and the experience of Catholic Christian community grounded in the charism of the Sisters of St Joseph.  Believing in and trying to imitate the charism of St Mary of the Cross helps us to aim to be living witnesses to the gospel within our community and beyond.

Prayer & Worship​​

Prayer and worship are extremely important to our school community. 

The development of a culture of prayer at St Joseph's is achieved through the provision of regular personal and communal prayer opportunities.  Students are encouraged to participate in and experience a variety of prayer forms, through daily prayer in classrooms, daily school gatherings, whole school daily prayer time and regular prayer assemblies.  Staff take the opportunity to join together in prayer each Wednesday morning. The school eNewsletter provides a fortnightly prayer focus to connect our whole school community.

Each term, classes have a turn to join with the parish community to celebrate Eucharist at the 9.00am Friday mass.

Special feast days and liturgical seasons are celebrated at our school.  Parents are encouraged to join with the children in celebrating these special events and times in the Church year, including such as: Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, St Joseph's Day, Pentecost, the Feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Catholic Education Week, Mission Week and Advent. 

Social Action & Justice

At St Joseph's school we are committed to following the example of Jesus and living out the good news that Jesus proclaimed, so we promote social action and justice both within and beyond the school community.  Following in the footsteps of St Mary of the Cross, we aim to “never see a need without doing something about it." 

Recognising the needs of those in our families, school, local and wider communities, students, families and staff are encouraged to act for justice.

With the support of staff and families, student leaders and classes lead social justice action within our community in response to needs. 

Fundraising and awareness raising activities are held across the year and may support reconciliation, sustainability, Project Compassion, Catholic Missions, the Annual Catholic Campaign, disaster appeals, St Vincent de Paul projects, community outreach, the Mary MacKillop Foundation, the Indigenous Literacy Project, or other initiatives or focus areas.​

School Prayer

​Dear God,

Thank you for the gift of our friends.

Help us to make our school a happy, peaceful place.

Help us to smile at people and accept each other as we are.

Help us to co-operate, work hard and include others in our games.

We promise to make Jesus real in all that we do.

St Mary MacKillop, pray for us.

St Joseph, pray for us.