College Community

The current college house system, comprising six house groups began in 2012 as a result of further articulating the college CELL framework which aims to strengthen the schools Josephite heritage, enhance the connection of students across and within year groups and encourage greater student and staff engagement in school events and activities.

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Lines of Communication

This information is provided to you to facilitate communication between home and the college. Most issues at a large college like St Joseph’s Catholic College can be resolved very quickly if directed to the correct staff member.
To assist you and your daughter, the table below details the lines for effective communication within the college.

Please note that the college office/reception hours are 8.00am – 4.00pm Monday to Friday.

Student Wellbeing

Issues relating to specific subjects, learning and teaching, which include assignments and tests, homework, resources and equipment, are directed to the class teacher in the first instance


Issues relating to student wellbeing, illness and notes, issues at home, uniform requirements, school planner, issues with public transport, student health, day to day arrangements are directed to your daughter’s Pastoral Leader in the first instance

The relevant Leader of Learning (see the staff directory).

The relevant Year Leader (see the staff directory)

As Well
If it is a specific learning difficulty question you may wish to consult with the Leader of Learning Support (Ms Tracy Simpson) who is also the teacher in charge of Disability Provisions
As Well

At this stage you may wish to involve the College Counsellor.


If it is a question specific to careers, TAFE, work placement, university entrance you may wish to consult the Careers Advisor.


The Leader of Student Wellbeing, who works with the Year Leaders, for issues in relation to student management, discipline issues, detentions, student progress, absences etc


The Leader of Learning and Teaching (Mrs Alex McArdle), who works with the Leaders of Learning, for issues in relation to college curriculum, student illness and misadventure, student assessment, NESA requirements, reporting etc.


Assistant Principals Erin Gilbert and Scott Beattie who work in conjunction with the Leader of Student Wellbeing on all areas of the student wellbeing


Assistant Principal: Student Achievement – Ms Erin Gilbert.

Assistant Principal: Evangelisation and Catechesis – Mr Scott Beattie.

Leader of Learning and Teaching (Mrs Alex McArdle) on all areas of the college curriculum and learning and teaching


The Principal – Ms Carolina Murdoch.
All appointments with the Principal are via Mrs Emma Power, the Principal’s personal assistant.


The Principal (Ms Carolina Murdoch)
All appointments with the Principal are via Mrs Emma Power, the Principal’s personal assistant.

School Services
  • Reception: 8.00am – 4.00pm Monday to Friday
  • Student services: including sick bay, late arrivals, early departures
  • Communication Coordination: Mrs Emma Power
  • Enrolments: Mrs Julie Lisle
  • College Business Manager:  Ms Nicole Murphy
  • School Fees: Issues in regard to billing, payment and receipting of school fees: Ms Nicole Murphy
  • Library: Mrs Karen Powers
  • Sport: Issues relating to sport to the teacher or coach of the team in the first instance then to the Leader of PDHPE (Ms Janelle Smith)
  • Canteen: Fresh Food Fast
  • The Principal:  All appointments the principal are via Mrs Emma Power, the Principal’s personal assistant.