St Joseph’s College runs a vertical system of Homeroom groups. Each homeroom has students from Years 7 to 12 who stay together as a group for the six years that a student is at the College.

The aims of this system are to:
  1. Allow students the opportunity to develop a significant partnership with their pastoral leader/homeroom teacher.
  2. Develop leadership opportunities for all students through mentoring in homerooms.
  3. Allow interaction across all year levels and throughout the College.
  4. Provide small homeroom sizes and involve more teachers in pastoral care responsibilities.
  5. Strengthen the House system so students have a real pride in the College community. Students participate in a range of activities in their house including masses, assemblies, feast days and sporting events.
  6. Allow the progress of the student to be mentored throughout their whole College life so that effective career, subject and personal counselling can be given.
  7. Allow teachers to develop a close relationship with the families of the students in the homeroom
Motto: “Standing Together in Strength”
This House is named for the woman who has left a reputation as probably Australia’s most outstanding female pioneer.  Caroline Chisholm (1808-1877) was the wife of Archibald Chisholm, an officer in the British army.  They decided to come to Australia in 1838 when Sydney was still a convict town.  Caroline was shocked by what she saw and worked tirelessly using her own money in welfare work with young female immigrants.  Her remarkable record includes setting up a home for female immigrants, an employment office, a loan plan to help bring poor children and families to Australia and the arrangement of free trips so that families of convicts could join them.  Caroline Chisholm’s face has appeared on stamps and on a bank note.
Chisholm House celebration is on May 30.
Motto: “Respect All, Fear None”
Catherine McAuley (1778-1841) was the founder of the Sisters of Mercy.  Catherine was a remarkable Irish woman who used her own resources to establish Colleges and nursing services for the poor in Dublin.  Her work however quickly spread to other parts of Ireland and to the English speaking world.  The first home she built for the poor is still in use in Baggot Street, Dublin.  Sisters of Mercy came to Western Australia in 1847 and to Victoria in 1857.  Today the Sisters of Mercy work in many places around the world including Papua New Guinea, Pakistan and Africa. 
McAuley House celebration is on November 11.
Motto: “Passion and Power”
This Italian city near Venice, gained its greatest fame from St Anthony of Padua (1195-1231).  Anthony was born in Portugal, became a Franciscan priest, travelled throughout North Africa, France and Italy, preaching and bringing people back to God.  He died in Padua.  Many miracles have been attributed to him and he is specially called on to find lost property.  He was said to be an eloquent preacher with a loud and clear voice, a winning smile, a wonderful memory and profound learning. 
Padua House celebration is on 24.

Motto: “Dare To Dream”
St Mary MacKillop (1842-1909) also known as Saint Mary of the Cross was the first Australian Saint.  She was a remarkable Australian woman of great courage, compassion and resourcefulness who inspired great dedication to the less fortunate in the new colonies of Australia.  Mary opened the first Saint Joseph’s College using a disused stable in Penola, 1866. Many young women came to join her and so the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph was founded.  She also opened orphanages, providences to care for the homeless and destitute, and refuges for ex-prisoners.  Mary’s legacy has extended well and truly beyond the beginnings in Penola.  Today the Sisters of St Joseph are working in Australia, New Zealand, East Timor, Ireland, Peru and Brazil.  
MacKillop House celebration is on the August 8.
Motto: “Courage Under Fire”
St Francis Xavier (1506 – 1552) was born in Spain and as a boy was ambitious and fond of sport, but he had a largeness of heart and generosity of nature which made him capable of heroic love and endurance.  He met Ignatius of Loyola at university and became one of the first members of the Society of Jesus.  Francis was sent to India and worked there for many years.  He travelled extensively in that part of the world and in 1549 set out for Japan.  He died in 1552 in Macau, vainly seeking to obtain entrance to China.  Wherever he went, he left behind him a flourishing church which has lasted to the present day.  He is the patron saint of all the missions of the Church. 
Xavier House celebration is on December 3.



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