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
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
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): 1964â€“1967
Romuald Pierce RSJ: 1967â€“1970
Anne O'Brien RSJ: 1971
Nora Finucane RSJ: 1971â€“1973
Giovanni Farquer RSJ: 1974â€“981
Margaret Blampied RSJ: 1982â€“1985
Helen T Reed RSJ: 1986â€“2002
Regina Byrne: 2002â€“2008
Catherine Dillon: 2008â€“2015
Kate Dishon: 2016â€“present
There are 6 house colours for sport days and college events, which are:
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.
Named after the town north of Sydney, where the Sisters of St Joseph opened an orphanage for street children in 1887.
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.
Named after Emmanuel Solomon, a wealthy Jewish philanthropist who generously supported the poor and disadvantaged.
Named after Mary MacKillop's relatives, the Cameron's, whom she was governess for when she moved to Penola at the age of 18.
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.
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.
Mount St Joseph Girls' College has a various selection of subjects from years 7â€“12 which include the following:
English as an Additional Language
Food and Technology
Health & Human Development
Civics and Citizenship
Religion and Society
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.
List of schools in Victoria
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