Harrison Bentley freely admits that nerves were high on the eve of the release of the 2020 HSC results, but hard work, dedication and setting goals paid off when the results were released the following morning.
“Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel,” wrote the 19th Century American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson. It is a principle Joeys Year 12 student Bernard Lund has applied to his own public speaking, having recently won the prestigious Lawrence Campbell Oratory competition with a moving oration on his brother’s autism. It was a magnificent achievement and a source of great pride to the College, which places great value on oratory as a cocurricular activity.
Joeys is at the forefront of contemporary education, but what was it like in the 1960s and ’70s – a turbulent period in Australia’s history? Brother Michael Green studied at Joeys from 1967 to 1972 and was a member of the College staff between 1979 and 1986. He has since been a teacher and headmaster in Marist schools across Australia, and served as the first National Director of Marist Schools Australia. Here he remembers his life as a Joe Boy and the valuable lessons he learnt at College during a time of great upheaval.
St Joseph’s College Old Boys have a long and distinguished history of service in Australia’s defence forces. From the Boer War to Afghanistan, they have fought to preserve peace and liberty across the world – sometimes paying the ultimate price. It is this sacrifice – and the sacrifice of all our men and women who have served in conflict – that the College honours at the ANZAC Headmasters Assembly.
If camaraderie is key to success in the sporting arena it is no wonder Joeys 16As water polo team has had their best ever season. A heightened focus on team spirit saw them clinch the school’s first pennant victory in the 2020-21 GPS/CAS competition.
French is in Joeys DNA. Marist founder Marcellin Champagnat hailed from rural France, and Brother Emilian, the first College headmaster, was born in Languedoc-Roussilon. Indeed, French has been studied at Hunters Hill for over 100 years.
At the crack of dawn, just before the morning sun strikes the statue of Mary, and makes its way down the sandstone walls of the main building, a group of Joeys boys are well into their final week of swim training for the 2020/21 summer season.
Joeys prides itself on the great diversity of its students. The rich tradition of country and city boys mixing together is unlike any other school in Australia. It gives the College a unique flavour as boys from different backgrounds and ages share experiences, exchange ideas and form lifelong friendships.
Last week the College used R U OK?Day as powerful reminder to staff and students of the importance of reaching out to others. The College held a special morning tea for staff and students to celebrate the R U OK?Day message.
Reflection Day welcomes Year seven boys to the Joeys community and introduces them to the wonderful Marist traditions that underpin College life. It is a memorable occasion for every student who passes through St Joseph’s gates, as it teaches him values that will last a lifetime.
Joseph McMahon is a colossus of Joeys history. Humble and devout, he would certainly have balked at such a description, but there can be little doubt his nine years at the helm of St Joseph’s College brought great success in all fields of endeavour.
The pursuit of excellence is a cornerstone Joeys value. It is the realisation of our God-given talents, the fulfillment of the Marist work ethic and the embodiment of the school motto: “Striving for better things”.