St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Rockdale is a friendly and welcoming multicultural community embedded within the parish of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Rockdale. Children are encouraged to respect others and strive to achieve their best in all areas of learning. Our classrooms are happy, engaging and interactive learning spaces.
The diverse needs of our students are met through an engaging curriculum that contextualises learning and identifies and caters for the individual needs of all students. The school offers specialist teaching in the areas of English as a Second Language, Special Needs, Reading Recovery and Gifted Education. Art, Drama Music and PE teachers foster skill development in a variety of sporting and creative areas. Extra-curricular opportunities are offered through sporting gala days, chess competitions, Science Week, fun club, peer tutoring, Mini Vinnies and representative sport.
We are inspired by the words of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop: “Never see a need without doing something about it.”
We hope this site provides you with the information you need to learn more about our wonderful school.
Our school was established in 1892 with 88 students under the guidance of the Sisters of Charity. In 1912 the Sisters of St Joseph’s took over the leadership of the school and the Parish of St Joseph’s, Rockdale was established. In 1994 the first lay Principal was appointed and, in recent years, the facilities have undergone minor refurbishment to create the modern school it is today.
We have a strong focus on Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop and her devotion to God. We trust that our school values and a love of learning will go with our students as they become mature members of society, carrying on Mary MacKillop’s vision and serving one another in Faith, Generosity and Love.