St Joseph's College, Lochinvar is a co-educational Catholic school offering a comprehensive curriculum for students from Years 7 to 12. St Joseph's is committed to the Church's mission of providing a holistic education based on Gospel revelation and values centred on the person of Jesus Christ. With its Catholic identity as its foundation, the school attempts to promote these values through all aspects of the life of the school.
St Joseph's is situated at Lochinvar in a peaceful rural setting, just 8 km from Maitland NSW, and provides secondary education for students from the parishes of Rutherford, Lochinvar, Branxton and Cessnock. St Joseph's is located in the Chisholm Pastoral region of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle and is fortunate to be situated adjacent to the Convent and Congregational Offices of the Sisters of St Joseph Lochinvar. The school enjoys a rich Josephite tradition and heritage and was established in 1883 by the Sisters of St Joseph, who were in turn founded by Fr Julian Tenison Woods and St Mary of the Cross MacKillop.
A feature of this tradition is the high importance placed on the pastoral care of students and the building of positive relationships so that we are all better able to face the challenges of contemporary life, as per the school motto, ‘May our Strength Rise in Difficulties.’ It is an explicit aim of the school to maintain an identity based on the spirituality and charism (gifts) of the Sisters of St Joseph. The school is a foundation member of AJASS, an Australia wide Josephite secondary schools association, formed in 2006 to foster awareness of the Woods/MacKillop legacy and create a network of schools inspired by the life and work of our founders.
Strong School Certificate and NAPLAN results affirm the strength of curriculum initiatives. This, combined with ongoing dedication to co-curricular activities in the areas of performing arts, sport and community involvement, assures students of a well-rounded and challenging educational environment. Continuing development of school facilities allows students to access a high quality education.
St Joseph's Lochinvar accepts girls and boys, Years 7-12, from the areas of Branxton (where transport to Lochinvar is more convenient than it is to Singleton), Cessnock, Lochinvar and Rutherford.