St Joseph's Primary School, Taree strives to actively promote excellence in a learning environment based on Gospel values and endeavours to equip all students with the skills and knowledge to enjoy life, contribute to society and act responsibly towards other people and the school.
Surrounded by a picturesque, bush land setting on several hectares of carefully maintained park-like grounds, St Joseph's enjoys strong links between the school and the Indigenous members of the local community which are supported by programs that foster a deeper understanding of Aboriginal culture.
St Joseph’s provides a flexible and contemporary learning environment giving students access to interactive SMART Boards, the latest computer technology and encouraging them to bring their own devices to class lessons.
St Joseph’s is an environmentally friendly school that strives to increase student connection with, respect for, and awareness of nature and environmental issues. Through their kitchen garden program, storage of rain water, use of solar panels and policies to reduce their environmental impact, students are encouraged to become environmentally responsive each day.
The school’s Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program gives students the opportunity to learn valuable skills in maintaining several garden beds where they grow, harvest, care for and prepare vegetables and fresh herbs, with the produce supplied going to the school canteen to be used daily lunches. The school’s chook pen houses six nesting chickens which gives students the opportunity to interact with the chickens and learn how to look after them by feeding them daily with scraps from the canteen.
St Joseph's offers its students many creative and performing arts opportunities in the form of choirs, dance groups, a whole school musical production, Kodaly Early Childhood music lessons and a newly formed ensemble music program for brass and wind instruments.
St Joseph’s offers a range of sports across both their internal and external sporting programs including rugby league, rugby union, netball, basketball, swimming, athletics, cross country, touch football, cricket, soccer and futsal. Students also have the opportunity to participate in sport gala days, Knights Knockout, Buderus Sevens, Newcastle Knights All School carnivals, League of Legends shield, NSW Catholic Primary Schools Basketball Challenge, Netball State Cup, Paul Kelly Cup and Futsal State event.
St Joseph’s celebrates and appreciates the cultural diversity of its students through teaching and learning and significant events such as Harmony Day and NAIDOC week. The school has three Aboriginal Education Workers who work closely with parents, carers and teaching staff to ensure that all Aboriginal students are supported academically, spiritually and emotionally. The EALD teacher also works with students, parents, carers and staff to ensure that students with English as a second language are able to succeed throughout their education.
Students of St Joseph's Primary School, Taree are encouraged to continue their Catholic education by attending St Clare's High School, Taree.