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.
No rugby, basketball, soccer or cricket. The pandemic has wrought havoc on GPS competition. But while playing fields across the state have lain dormant, Joeys debaters have been busy arguing their point in vigorously contested Zoom encounters with other schools.
The Covid lockdown has encouraged Joeys teachers to become more creative in their approach so that students, hunkered down in their living rooms, can continue to be challenged. It is especially the case in Technological and Applied Studies (TAS), where Head of Department, Mr Andrew Drewitt Smith, has been relishing the opportunities offsite learning provides.
The ongoing Covid crisis is having an impact on mental health. The College Wellbeing Team has introduced several measures to ensure every student has access to the support he needs during these challenging times.
“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.