St Joseph's Primary School, Denman, is an open and caring community where social justice, honesty, compassion and love are nurtured and valued.
Located in the small, yet thriving Upper Hunter town of Denman, the school community is built on an active partnership between the parents, school and the local Parish and curriculum differentiation ensures that the needs of all students are catered for at all levels.
Students are encouraged to pursue excellence in all fields of school education to extend their learning experiences through avenues such as the Newcastle Permanent Mathematics Competition, ICAS Assessments, Science and Engineering Challenge, National Science Week, Literacy and Numeracy Week, public speaking, debating and the Regional Spelling and Maths Bees.
St Joseph’s offers a range of internal and external sporting opportunities at local, diocesan and state levels including golf, cricket, netball, tennis, rugby league, soccer, touch football, cross country, swimming, athletics and horse sports. St Joseph’s also actively participates in sport gala days across the Upper Hunter and receives specialised coaching from sporting bodies within the school.
All students have the opportunity to discover, strengthen and express their creative abilities through music, drama and dance. Students can receive private violin, piano, drums, vocal and guitar lessons from the Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music, participate in school concerts, talent shows, discos, the school choir, join the junior and senior dance group or become a part of the new music program Flipped Out Strings.
Agriculture is a curriculum area that is recognised as a strength at St Joseph’s. All students are encouraged to extend their knowledge through participation in Singleton Beef and Land Management days, Upper Hunter Beef Bonanza and the Upper Hunter Show. The school’s Cattle Show Team provides students with the opportunity to prepare steers and heifers for competitions throughout the year.
Winning the 2017 Monsignor Coolahan Award for Excellence in Community, St Joseph’s places a high level of importance on community, belonging and leadership. Students have the opportunity to participate in meals on wheels, senior citizen concerts, reading to preschool children and actively participate in community commemorative services and celebrations.
Students of St Joseph's Primary School, Denman, are encouraged to continue their Catholic education by attending St. Joseph's High School, Aberdeen.