|St Josephs Primary School||
St Joseph's Primary School Red Cliffs
17 Fitzroy Avenue,
Red Cliffs, 3496.
Phone: 03 5024 1654
Students at St Joseph’s are encouraged to be involved in student leadership and in programs within their local community to encourage self-awareness and personal development. Opportunities also exist for students to informally take on Leadership roles within the school and wider local community. Some of these opportunities are outlined below:
St Joseph’s Primary School Marimba Band is an extension program where selected students from Grade 5 and 6 are chosen for both their musical aptitude and leadership skills shown by their demonstration over previous years to our core Mercy values of respect, compassion, courage and hospitality. This extension program offers the opportunity to rehearse in a small group, encourages those students who learn an instrument privately to play in a collaborative situation and to perform a variety of repertoire to our local community. The Marimba Band performs both in school, to our local parish and at local Red Cliffs events such as school and parish masses, school events such as Grandparents Day and Green Day, to the Red Cliffs Kindergarten and Jacaranda Village.
PEER SUPPORT PROGRAMS
At St Joseph’s we implement a “buddy program” where we assign Grade Six students to Prep students to help them in their transition to school life. Throughout the year, children have the opportunity to work together in multi-age groups that participate in special activities. This program has two main benefits; the older student learns to take on leadership and responsibility, while the younger student knows they have another student at school to whom they can turn to for assistance.
St Joseph’s is working towards becoming a ResourceSmart School. This is a Victorian Government initiative to help schools embed sustainability into everything they do. This helps schools to take action to minimise waste, save energy and water, promote diversity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A key part of being a ResourceSmart School is engaging students, teachers, parents and our wider community in real-life learning and developing leadership and problem solving skills in our students, giving them confidence in their ability to make a difference.
St Joseph’s has a Junior (Prep-2) and Senior (Grade 3-6) Choir. The choir provides the children with an opportunity to learn a variety of songs and perform in public. Each year the choir participates in a number of public performances and school events. They also join with choirs from other schools to perform at the Mildura Eisteddfod.
SCHOOL & SPORT CAPTAINS
St Joseph’s has an extensive school leadership program. We have four school captains chosen from Grade 6 students and four house captains chosen from Grade 5 & 6 students. Our house captains are from the four houses: Jacaranda, Heath, Fitzroy and Erskine. Captains are elected by students from Grade 2 - 6 and teachers. Captains have regular opportunities to meet as a student leadership group. Formal meetings and development opportunities are a part of our school leadership program, which is facilitated by our Principal.