Welcome to St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Riverwood, where we inspire hearts and open minds. You are invited to be part of a faith-filled, supportive and collaborative community where every child is encouraged to achieve their full potential. As an authentic Catholic school we strive to be the face of Christ to all those we meet. Following the model of St Mary Of The Cross MacKillop and the Sisters of St Joseph who began our school in 1954, we aim to “never see a need without doing something about it.”
We achieve excellent academic results, educating 21st century learners in vibrant and innovative learning spaces fully equipped with contemporary technology. St Joseph’s Catholic School Riverwood also offers programs in music, art, sport and drama which are delivered by highly trained specialist staff. Our school boasts beautiful grounds and gardens and ample space to play and stay fit and active in our multi-functional playground. We offer before and after school care onsite as well as vacation care.
Let St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Riverwood be the start of your child’s education journey. We are a feeder school to four high achieving Catholic secondary schools; St Ursula’s Catholic College Kingsgrove, St Mary’s Cathedral Catholic College Sydney, Marist Catholic College Penshurst and Marist Catholic College Kogarah.
The suburb of Riverwood (then known as Herne Bay) developed rapidly after World War II as a haven for refugees from Europe. Because there were many Catholics amongst these, the Parish of St Joseph, Herne Bay, was established in 1949, with Fr Patrick Kerwick as the first parish priest. There were no parish buildings, and the first church was Hut 120, one of the army huts located near Washington and Roosevelt Avenues. These huts would also accommodate St Joseph’s School in its early years.
The Sisters of St Joseph, who already had some nearby schools including one at Punchbowl, agreed to staff the parish school. This began in 1949 in the former army huts. The original enrolment is unknown, but the Catholic Directory for 1950 records 68 girls and 62 boys.
In 2011 the school celebrated the completion of a major refurbishment program funded through the Federal government initiative ‘Building the Education Revolution’. This development provided for the creation of contemporary classrooms, library and administration.
The school community has created an educational environment of excellence and dedication. The present school community remembers the vision, courage and labour of all those who founded this school and struggled to bring high quality Catholic education to its pupils.
Recent work on site has seen enhancements to the local St Joseph’s Church and capacity on school care. The school provides aesthetically appealing and flexible learning spaces. We provide a safe, secure and welcoming physical environment that is well maintained.
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Riverwood is a professional and contemporary learning community that makes effective use of innovative technologies to connect the school with the wider learning community. The school, with its excellent facilities, is highly regarded by the local community.