The College musical Strictly Ballroom was a smashing success, playing to packed houses every night. Hamish Stewart (Y12) played lead character Scott. He leads the school in liturgical song in his role as cantor and is a fine example of Joeys' enduring commitment to the arts.
Joeys students Benjamin Sestanovic and Leo Jin both participated in accelerated programs and achieved impressive HSC results, reflecting well on the College's capacity to encourage and promote high-level learners.
Year 11 boarder Ed Gilmore is living testament to the value of hard work. He trains more than 30 hours a week, sometimes rising as early as 4.30am, and now he’s been selected in the Paris and Beyond Australian water polo squad for the 2024 Olympics.
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 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.