‘We must never say “it is enough,”’ could be Catherine McAuley’s most powerful quote. Direct and poignant, it inspires us at St Joseph’s College even now to persist in the face of difficulty, help others, and strive for excellence.


Despite illness and absences, the first half of Term 3 has been a triumph. Students and staff alike have enjoyed plenty of things that have been in short supply over the past two and a half years, including guest speakers, excursions, and events like our Debutante Balls.

However, we cannot afford to be complacent. We owe it to ourselves and our loved ones to do whatever we can to both safeguard our health and care for ourselves when we fall ill. Just like we have over the past two and a half years, we should continue to adapt our behaviour to suit our needs.

Helping Hands

Catherine’s words also remind us to help others so that they have a chance to help themselves. We’re always looking for new ways to extend greater opportunity to our young people. – That’s why we offer bursaries and scholarships.

New students who might need financial assistance to attend the college can apply for a bursary. Existing students in Year 10 who live our Mercy core values can apply for one of nine internal scholarships that reduce their college fees during Year 11. We also have scholarships that are awarded for high academic achievement.


I am grateful that so many parents are actively engaged in their child’s education. Our college community thrives because the both the college and parents hold students accountable to identical high standards of work and behaviour. This ‘united front’ shapes children into responsible young adults by teaching them the importance of self-discipline and mutual respect.

We gladly acknowledge that each day takes us one step further on the path to improvement.

God bless.

Mrs Marg Blythman

Principal's Blog St Josephs 2022
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