A range of sporting and cultural activities is available for students’ participation. Interschool Basketball, Touch, Soccer, Rugby League and Netball are among the sporting choices available. Every second year the College presents a major musical or drama production. Students are always encouraged to participate at St Joseph’s.
The Music Program is popular among students. Bands, ensembles and choirs provide a variety of opportunities for those interested. Our classroom music program is complemented by individual or small group tuition which is offered on a user-pay basis.
Design and Technology actively engages students in creating quality designed solutions for identified needs and opportunities across a range of contexts. Students consider the economic, environmental and social impacts of technological change and how the choice and use of technologies contributes to a sustainable future. Decision-making processes are informed by ethical, legal, aesthetic and functional factors.
Through Design and Technology students manage projects independently and collaboratively from conception to realisation. They apply design to investigate, generate and refine ideas, plan, produce and evaluate designed solutions. They develop a sense of pride, satisfaction and enjoyment from their ability to develop innovative designed products.
Through the practical application of technologies, students develop dexterity and coordination through experiential activities. The subject motivates young people and engages them in a range of learning experiences that are transferable to family and home, constructive leisure activities, community contribution and the world of work.
Design and Technology aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to ensure that, individually and collaboratively, students:
- develop confidence as critical users of technologies and designers and producers of designed solutions
- investigate, generate and critique innovative and ethical designed solutions for sustainable futures
- produce designed solutions suitable for a range of technologies contexts by selecting and manipulating a range of materials, systems such as Auto Cad, components, tools and equipment creatively, competently and safely; and managing processes
- evaluate processes and designed solutions and transfer knowledge and skills to new situations
- understand the roles and responsibilities of people in design and technologies occupations and how they contribute to society
In addition to the all-inclusive physical education classes, St Joseph's College participates in an inter-school sporting competition, with summer and winter competitions running for eight weeks each. Training for swimming, cross country and athletics occurs in their respective seasons. Students are able to compete for selection in various sports for Darling Downs teams, and subsequently Queensland selection. While sport is not for everyone, students are encouraged to participate each week to the best of their ability. Students are bussed to various locations and bussed back to the College in order to travel home via their normal route.
Students are able to compete for selection in various Darling Downs teams from many sports in Under 15 and Open age divisions. They must attend a Toowoomba selection afternoon and once selected at this level compete at the Darling Downs selection day. The College holds its annual swimming carnival at Toowoomba's Milne Bay Pool. The students swim according to their ages for age champion. From this event students are selected to represent the College at the inter-school swimming carnival. Students can also nominate to trial for Darling Downs selection. Swimming training is held each morning for students who wish to learn how to swim and also for students who do not swim on a regular basis but would like to improve their chances in the pool. The last week of term the College cross country is held at Kearneys Spring where students compete for age champion, with all points being tallied to determine the House championship. Cross country training commences in the afternoons immediately after the swimming carnival is held. Each Friday night the Friday Night Basketball Competition is run for students in Year 8, Under 15, and Open group divisions for both boys and girls.
The winter sports tend to be those which are more aligned to community winter sports such as rugby league, soccer and touch. If students do not make the various inter-school teams, they join a social sport activity each week. Students may nominate to compete at the Darling Downs Cross Country event to be held at Kearneys Spring. Cross country training continues on nominated afternoons.Term 3
The Confraternity Rugby League and the Queensland Independent Netball teams spend the first week of the June/July holidays competing in their respective competitions, and at predetermined, changing venues around the State. Athletics training commences. Students compete each Wednesday afternoon and during lunch hours for events in athletics. Students are selected from our College carnival to compete at the inter-school carnival held later in the term. Students are also able to nominate for Darling Downs selection trials in Athletics. The Bill Turner Cup, a football (soccer) competition is run after school for Under 15 boys and girls. An SSI Cup competition is run for older age groups. The AFL Independent Cup, Rugby Union, and Junior and Senior Vikki Wilson Competitions are also held during this term. These are all after school competitions.
The Sports Award Presentation afternoon is to recognise students who have won premierships, age championships or have been selected in Darling Downs or Queensland teams. This event is held during sport time on a Wednesday. The students compete in an inter-house mixed competition in junior and senior age groups and in five sports - netball, football (soccer), volleyball, basketball and touch. At the conclusion of this competition students commence trials and training for the following year of Wednesday afternoon inter-school competition.
The St Joseph's College Music Program is based upon the ideas of participation, fun and excellence. Building upon the music program of previous years, St Joseph's offers students the opportunity to perform in instrumental groups (Concert Bands, Jazz and Strings), Vocal Ensembles (Girls, Boys and Junior) as well as provide the opportunity for students to participate in private lessons. The College Music Program is a vital part of the College performing regularly at school events and community performances.
We at St Joseph's believe that the gift of music is one that should be fostered and encouraged. Research is continually indicating that a student’s ability to 'learn' may be enhanced by learning music. Music involves auditory, visual, cognitive and motor skills that impact on the cerebral cortex creating positive benefits for other areas of learning. Learning music also develops discipline, requiring consistent application to improve and a responsible attitude towards lessons and care of the instruments.
Year 7 & 8
Year 7 & 8 Drama is an introductory course which consists of a making and responding strand. In the making strand, students are involved in using processes, techniques, knowledge and skills to make art works. In the responding strand, students are learning to use reflective and analytical processes to acquire and apply knowledge and stills in The Arts.
Drama aims to develop students:
- Confidence and self-esteem
- Knowledge and understanding of drama to engage and create meaning
- Sense of curiosity, aesthetic knowledge, actions and ideas as drama makers
- Knowledge and understanding of traditional and contemporary drama
Year 9 & 10
Consolidates and extends on what has been learnt in the earlier years. Students will study various styles of theatre and view live performances to appreciate and critique other’s work.
In Year 10 in particular, preparation for Senior Drama will begin with a focus on similar topics and assessment pieces as studied in Years 11 & 12.
Rationale For Senior Drama (Years 11 & 12)
Drama is a unique art form that represents and re-enacts experiences, ideas, stories and emotions. Drama is one of the oldest forms of artistic expression and continues to be significant in all cultures and societies. Drama is created and performed in diverse spaces, including theatres, to achieve a wide range of purposes. It is usually shared live, but can also be created, mediated and shared through digital media and platforms. Engaging with drama in all its manifestations provides opportunities to experience, understand and communicate different perspectives on the world.
In the subject Drama, students have opportunities to learn about a range of forms and styles of the dramatic art form and gain understandings of human experience in different cultures, times and places. Drama connects students to creative, technical and other cognitive processes and provides opportunities for them to imagine and explore beliefs, feelings, behaviours and relationships across many situations and contexts.
Engaging in drama promotes imagination, critical and creative thinking, problem solving, cultural engagement and communication, and provides opportunities to share ideas with others through informal and formal performances. Students engage in learning experiences that integrate oral, kinaesthetic and visual communication to create aesthetic and artistic meaning.
A course of study in Drama can establish a basis for further education and employment in the fields of theatre and the broader arts industry, and in education. The knowledge, understanding and skills built in Drama connect strongly with careers in which it is important to understand different social and cultural perspectives on a variety of subjects and issues, and to communicate meaning in imaginative, aesthetic and artistic ways.
In Visual Arts students are involved in responding to a diverse range on stimuli that inspire and inform their creation of artworks. Through their artworks, students learn to make decisions that involve the selection and manipulation of a range of media and processes. They learn to explore and experiment using a variety of approaches that ultimately convey meaning and a personal aesthetic. The study of Visual Arts enables students to explore their own world as well as learning to appreciate and respect the world of others. They develop an understanding of themselves and the inherent potential that they have in creating meaningful and relevant visual statements.
In learning different skills students develop confidence and the ability to imagine and visualise. They explore and discover skills in critical analysis, evaluation and aesthetic understanding that informs their decisions in the production of artworks.
The Visual Arts department is housed in a newly renovated building and consists of three separate studio spaces with ample storage, display areas and a staff office. The front entrance foyer provides a space to display student’s art and work from the school’s art collection.
Each studio is fitted with a smartboard and students are able to access laptops for research and in the production of artworks. One studio is set up as a ceramic/sculpture area, while the other two studios are multi-functional. A small outdoor courtyard can also be utilised as a sculpture area.
At all year levels students are given the opportunity to explore a wide range of media and processes. These include printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and the use of technology in making artworks.
St Joseph's offers comprehensive classes in French and Japanese in their L.O.T.E. (Language Other Than English) co-curriculum.
We have an excursion to the Alliance Française of Brisbane early in May. This is a day excursion that serves to bring awareness of the far reach of French language and culture in the world and to show the employment opportunities that languages bring. This excursion is free to students.
May. A weekend of immersion in French language and culture at La Maison de Ste Claire in northern New South Wales. This is often the highlight of studying high school French for most students and serves to boost fluency and enthusiasm. This excursion is free to students.
This is a biennial excursion of one week to Nouméa, the capital. Students from years 10 to 12 are given homestay with a French family for the week and attend a French language school for four mornings of five week days. One whole day is spent on an islet to experience coral reefs, aquatic activities, wildlife and cuisine; other afternoons are spent on cultural excursions, shopping and bathing. The initial cost is approximately $1,800.
Offered every two years to Year 11 and 12 students of the language, this tour is an amazing opportunity to see the real Japan. Students are hosted by students from our sister-school in Osaka for 1 week and then travel from Hiroshima to Tokyo to see many of Japan’s amazing sights and cultural experiences for another week. This is an obvious highlight for our language students and a suitable reward for many years of dedicated study.
At least once in Junior and again in Senior, students have the chance to travel to Brisbane to experience Japanese activities which enhance what we teach in class. This usually combines an educational component with something cultural and an authentic restaurant visit.
We are very lucky to host a Japanese student from our sister-school, Shijonawate Gakuen, every year. This student is invaluable in adding a realistic element to our class work. In return, we have the opportunity to send a graduating student to Japan on a reciprocal basis.
We also host students from Shijonawate on short-term exchange for 2 weeks in Term 3 every year. This provides an opportunity for our generous host families to show off our wonderful, relaxed lifestyle, with both parties gaining from the experience.
The Japanese department is also supported by a native language assistant every year. Our assistants not only help with language use, but also in keeping students up-to-date with pop culture, cooking and craft activities.