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Mount St. Joseph Girls' College is a Catholic Girls College located in Maidstone Street, Altona, Victoria, Australia. Mount St. Joseph is one of few schools in Australia that is a Josephite college, founded by the Josephite Order in 1964.Mount St. Joseph Girls' College Website

History

Beginnings

In the early 1960s, the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart made plans for a school for young women in the western suburbs of Melbourne. The school was built in Altona West and opened in February 1964.
The logo at Mount St Joseph Girls' College is a white lily, and the College motto is 'Virtue Courage'.Mount St Joseph Girls' College Website

Previous Principals

The College has seen 10 principals since its foundation, 7 of which were Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart:
  • Mary John Forster RSJ (Founding Principal): 1964–1967
  • Romuald Pierce RSJ: 1967–1970
  • Anne O'Brien RSJ: 1971
  • Nora Finucane RSJ: 1971–1973
  • Giovanni Farquer RSJ: 1974–981
  • Margaret Blampied RSJ: 1982–1985
  • Helen T Reed RSJ: 1986–2002
  • Regina Byrne: 2002–2008
  • Catherine Dillon: 2008–2015
  • Kate Dishon: 2016–present

Sport

There are 6 house colours for sport days and college events, which are:

PENOLA (yellow)

Named after the town in South Australia where Mary MacKillop and Julian Tenison Woods established the order of the Sisters of St Joseph and the first Josephite school.

KINCUMBER (blue)

Named after the town north of Sydney, where the Sisters of St Joseph opened an orphanage for street children in 1887.

McCORMACK (green)

Named after Irene McCormack who worked in the village of Huasihuasi, Peru and was fatally shot by members of a guerilla rebel group on May 21, 1991.

SOLOMON (red)

Named after Emmanuel Solomon, a wealthy Jewish philanthropist who generously supported the poor and disadvantaged.

CAMERON (orange)

Named after Mary MacKillop's relatives, the Cameron's, whom she was governess for when she moved to Penola at the age of 18.

PROVIDENCE (purple)

During the early years of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart's work across Australia, the Sisters established a number of Houses of Providence. These houses served as a refuge for young women and children who did not have access to a safe home or food.

Homerooms

There are seven homerooms at junior levels (7-9) into which the students are divided, in each year level; Anne, Catherine, Francis, Joseph, Therese, Veronica & Ignatius. These homerooms are named after saints, as this is a Catholic school.
In the senior year levels (10-12) students are divided into homerooms based on their house colour, then divided into three groups, such as Cameron 1, Cameron 2, and Cameron 3.

Curriculum

Mount St Joseph Girls' College has a various selection of subjects from years 7–12 which include the following:
  • Accounting
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Management
  • Chemistry
  • Drama
  • English
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • English as an Additional Language
  • Food and Technology
  • French
  • Further Mathematics
  • Health & Human Development
  • Humanities
    • History
    • Geography
    • Civics and Citizenship
    • Politics
  • Information Technology
  • International Studies
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Religion and Society
  • Laboratory Skills
  • Legal Studies
  • Maths Methods
  • Media
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Specialist Mathematics
  • Text & Traditions
  • Textiles & Design Multimedia
  • Visual Communications, and more.

Size and future

In 2019, Mount St. Joseph Girls' College has approximately 960 students and over 100 staff, and maintains steady numbers through drawing from Catholic feeder schools throughout Melbourne, which stretches from Footscray and Yarraville to the east and city areas such as: Hoppers Crossing, Point Cook, Altona Meadows, Altona and Werribee in the west. There are usually waiting lists for enrolment to the school.
MSJ has made a lot of changes in the past years including a new gymnasium, a Performing Arts Centre for drama and music, a new year 7 and 8 block, an athletics track, and a new Science and Technology Centre.
Mount St. Joseph Girls' College has a strong emphasis on community, and as such, encourages past students to keep in contact through the Alumni program.

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE)

Mount St. Joseph Girls' College offers a full range of VCE subjects. The students statistically, tend to do well in the VCE when compared to other schools in the state.

See also

  • List of schools in Victoria

  • External links

  • Official site

  • Category:Girls' schools in Victoria (Australia)
    Category:Catholic secondary schools in Melbourne
    Category:Educational institutions established in 1964
    Category:1964 establishments in Australia
    Category:Alliance of Girls' Schools Australasia
     
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