“Custodite Iudicium et Facite Iustitiam” (Have a care for justice; act with integrity)
St Joseph’s High School, Aberdeen, is a Catholic co-educational school aiming to meet the educational needs of the children of the parishes of Denman, Merriwa, Murrurundi, Muswellbrook and Scone as part of the Catholic Education System of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.
As a Christian school, St Joseph's seek values and inspiration in the words of the Gospels and the life of Jesus Christ. The school seeks to express those values through prayer, liturgy and our daily lives, both as individuals and as members of a wider community.
St Joseph’s is committed in partnership with families and parishes to meeting the academic, social, physical and spiritual needs of its students by:
Creating a safe and welcoming physical and human environment;
Affirming and building the values of acceptance, responsibility and respect for all;
Recognising and developing the gifts of each person;
Educating students to achieve their individual potential, and to strive for excellence
St Joseph’s High School, Aberdeen is located on a beautiful site overlooking parks, rich farmland and the banks of the Hunter River, in the heart of the Upper Hunter Region of New South Wales. We regularly acknowledge that land which is part of the traditional country of the Wanarua and Kamilaroi peoples. Aberdeen is part of the Upper Hunter Shire and is located within Muswellbrook Parish.
The school was founded by the Sisters of St Joseph from Lochinvar in 1896. Originally it was a co-educational primary school and it was soon expanded to include boarding facilities for primary school aged boys which continued to 1971. The boarding and primary school then closed and a regional Catholic high school for boys and girls in Years 7-12 was opened, supported by local Catholic primary schools in Denman, Merriwa, Muswellbrook and Scone.
The last Sister of St Joseph departed the staff in 1998 but the school actively tries to maintain the educational, religious and social values of St Mary MacKillop and the Josephite tradition. Recent building projects celebrate the school’s Josephite heritage with the new Library being named the ‘Tenison Woods Learning Centre’ and the school’s innovative technical education project being named the ‘The Saint Mary MacKillop Trade Training Centre.’
The core values of St Joseph’s High School include a strong sense of community, service and leadership, and creating a safe, welcoming and caring environment where students are encouraged to achieve their full individual potential.
Students from St Joseph’s have achieved excellence in a wide range of sporting, cultural and academic activities. A wall of fame is maintained to acknowledge outstanding achievements by former students and weekly full school assemblies have the primary purpose of recognising and affirming the achievements and efforts of current students in all aspects of school life.
While continuing the school’s traditional strong performance in academic, sporting and cultural activities, they key priorities for development in recent years have centred on development of Information and Communication Technologies; Agriculture projects on the school’s farm; implementing Trade Training courses; providing opportunities for creative and performing arts; and strengthening the learning support strategies to ensure that all students can experience success.
St Joseph's High School, Aberdeen accepts girls and boys, Year 7-12, from the areas of Denman, Merriwa, Muswellbrook, Scone and Murrurundi.