St Joseph's College, Geelong

For other schools of the same name, see Saint Joseph's College (disambiguation).
St Joseph's College

Latin: Ad Alta Virtute
Striving Together
135 Aphrasia Street
Newtown, Victoria 3220
Coordinates 38°9′2″S 144°19′53″E / 38.15056°S 144.33139°E / -38.15056; 144.33139Coordinates: 38°9′2″S 144°19′53″E / 38.15056°S 144.33139°E / -38.15056; 144.33139
Type Independent
Denomination Roman Catholic
(Christian Brothers)
Established 1935
Founder Christian Brothers
Chairman Wayne Tattersall
Principal Paul Tobias
Years 7-12
Gender Boys/1 Girl
Enrolment 1,600
Colour(s) Black, Gold, Red               
Slogan Compassion, Innovation, Integrity
Song Ad Alta Virtute
School fees $4,463

St Joseph's College, sometimes referred to colloquially as Joeys or SJC, is a Roman Catholic Independent school for boys, and is located in the inner Geelong suburb of Newtown. It is run under the auspices of the Congregation of Christian Brothers and provides education from year 7-12, offering a broad range of curricular choices for its students in middle and senior schools including VCE, VET and VCAL. In 2014 the Year 9 Westcourt Campus began operation, and the Joseph Innovation Trade Training Centre also commenced classes offering a broad range of study options. The current Principal is Paul Tobias. The two Deputy Principals are Michelle Broderick (Years 7 to 9) and Mark Kennedy (Years 10 to 12).


Edmund Rice of Waterford, Ireland founded the congregation of Christian Brothers in 1802 for the Christian education of poor boys. His example was an inspiration to others and for more than two centuries many have been attracted by his vision and generosity. The Mission continues today on all five continents through the ministry of the Christian Brothers and laity called to serve in this vocation of Catholic Education. St Joseph’s College Geelong was founded in 1935 by the Christian Brothers, providing a comprehensive education for boys within the Geelong Region. The College’s motto ‘Ad Alta Virtute’ translates as ‘Strive for the Highest’ reminding us that we are born for higher things - testimony to which is found in the life of St Joseph, our patron Saint.


Main Campus

The main campus of St Joseph's College is located on Aphrasia St, in the suburb of Newtown.

Westcourt Campus

The Westcourt Campus of St Joseph's College is located on Minerva Road, in the suburb of Herne Hill. The campus caters for Year 9 students.

Notable alumni

Politics, public service and the law




House system

St Joseph’s College runs a House System which is based on points earned. There are four houses at St Joseph’s College: Brophy, Butler, Foley and Jordan. Each house is named in honour of four Brothers who gave outstanding service to the College. Upon entering Year 7, all boys attending St Joseph's are assigned a house. There is a house captain and vice for each house. The houses compete for the Adam Bryant Memorial House Competition Shield, awarded in memory of Adam, a student between 1982 - 1992 and former House Captain at St Joseph's College, who died as a result of a car accident in 1993. Points are awarded for participation in a variety of activities and initiatives throughout the school year, including swimming and athletics days, Edmund Rice Day, Blood Bank, Peter Larkins Hill Run and many more. The houses are as follows:

House Foley Butler Jordan Brophy
Colour Green      Blue      Red      Yellow     
Nickname Foley Falcons Butler Dolphins Jordan Redbacks Brophy Bees
Named after Brother Foley, Principal 1942-44 Brother Butler, Principal 1935-40 Brother Jordan, Principal 1940-41 Brother Brophy, a former sportsmaster

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