St Joseph’s High School, Aberdeen, is a Catholic co-educational school committed in partnership with families and parishes to meeting the academic, social, physical and spiritual needs of its students.
Located on a beautiful site overlooking parks, rich farmland and the banks of the Hunter River, St Joseph’s is an authentic learning community with a rigorous and comprehensive academic curriculum promoting high standards of education for all students.
Agriculture is highly valued at St Joseph’s with all students exposed to a variety of real life experiences on the school farm and at The Olive Grove through interactive agriculture projects. Students regularly attend regional and interstate shows in Tamworth, Upper Hunter, Gresford, Wingham, Merriwa, Singleton, Brisbane and Sydney, consistently winning and placing Best Maintained Team at Royal Shows. Students also have the opportunity to compete in the NSW Interschools Meat Judging competition, property planning competitions, Steggles Meat Bird Competition and Cows Create Careers program. Students are also actively involved in supporting the community through the canteen and setup of the Aberdeen Campdraft, running Beef Bonanza Education Days and providing assistance at local shows and bull sales.
St Joseph’s proudly operates the Mary MacKillop Trade Training Centre that offers several Vocational Education and Training courses onsite. Upon completion, students may receive a nationally recognised Australian Qualification studied as part of the HSC, enabling students to acquire a range of technical, personal and organisational skills both within and beyond the workforce.
All students have the opportunity to discover, strengthen and express their creative abilities through music, drama and visual arts. Students can participate in the UH Shire Kia-Ora Youth Music Camp, school eisteddfods, musicals, the school choir and in Diocesan events including DioSounds and ASPIRE.
St Joseph’s offers a range of internal and external sporting opportunities at representative level including hockey, golf, cricket, netball, rugby league, football, touch football, cross country, triathlon, swimming, athletics, futsal and horse sports. St Joseph’s also provides opportunities for students to seek selection into representative sports in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, NSW Combined Catholic Colleges and NSW All Schools and National Championships.
An integral component of student’s self-development at St Joseph’s is the Outward Bound schools program where students embark on a five-day journey to develop leadership skills, resilience, teamwork and self-confidence, whilst enduring a week of camping and hiking adventures. St Joseph’s also offers the opportunity for students to embark on the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme where students are encouraged to join a voyage in the national sail training ship to develop skills for life. Students are also encouraged to expand their horizons by participating in the Japanese Exchange Program every two years and attending the Upper Hunter combined Catholic Schools pilgrimage and historical immersions tour in Europe.
St Joseph's High School, Aberdeen, accepts girls and boys, Year 7-12, from the areas of Denman, Merriwa, Muswellbrook, Scone and Murrurundi.