St Joseph's Primary School, Merriwa is a small, rural Catholic school situated in the Upper Hunter. Our mission is to be a community of Catholic faith where the uniqueness of each child is nurtured and valued; where students are empowered and challenged to become lifelong learners with optimism and hope for the future.
The school achieves its mission by working together with students, families, parishioners and members of the wider community. We provide ongoing opportunities for students to understand and embrace the teachings of Christ and the traditions of the Catholic Church and ensure Gospel values support all school policies and procedures.
Providing a meaningful and inclusive learning program catering for the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social and physical dimensions of all students, we recognise and celebrate all that is good in our school, family, community, country and the world. We teach students by example to become problem solvers and forward thinkers and to demonstrate an appreciation of our environment and our responsibility for its preservation.
Strong programs in each Key Learning Area are delivered to all students. The school is currently engaged in the State Action Plan. This program has been designed at St Joseph’s to enhance the capacity of its teaching staff to lift the educational standards of its students in Literacy and Numeracy. A highly structured combination of professional development opportunities, access to quality teaching resources and experiences as well as an increased emphasis on parent engagement has been developed to increase student readiness for and engagement in learning. Curriculum differentiation ensures that the needs of all students are catered for at all levels. The school has been very successful in the highly acclaimed Newcastle Herald competition gaining many awards over recent years, including the highly coveted Best Overall Newspaper and best overall primary school writer.
The school’s environmental stewardship programs highlight the respect it has for the earth and our responsibility to care for it. Kitchen garden projects, worm farms, chicken raising, composting, tree planting, family working bees, Clean Up Australia Day and National Tree Day participation are some of the ways students extend their learning to the real world. This has gained St Joseph's high commendation in the Tidy Towns - Sustainable Communities competition and two Australia Day Environmental awards.
In word and action, St Joseph's goal is to live out Jesus' commandment to 'Love One Another'. Participation in senior citizens events, program of visitation to the local aged care facility and hospital as well as active participation in community commemorative services and celebrations ensure the students develop a sense of belonging to and responsibility for their local community as citizens. For its efforts in building community, St Joseph's Merriwa has been awarded the Monsignor Coolahan award for Community in the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese.
Individual as well as small group music lessons are offered as extracurricular studies. Many students participate in numerous Horse Sport carnivals throughout the year and have a tradition of great participation and success.
St Joseph's school has a very committed and active Parents and Friends Association.
Students of St Joseph's Primary School, Merriwa are encouraged to continue their Catholic education by attending St. Joseph's High School, Aberdeen. The Catholic Schools Office provides a coach to transport students from Merriwa to St Joseph’s High School, Aberdeen daily.