Friendships that last a lifetime are what makes being a Joeys Old Boy so special. David McDonald (1959) and Charlie Abercrombie (1958) have been buddies for over 60 years. They also have an unparalleled history of giving back to the College.
St Joseph's College is celebrated for its inclusive, family atmosphere, welcoming boys from all around the globe. Our international family is particularly special, adding another layer to the rich diversity of students at the Hunters Hill campus.
Joeys drama students are encouraged to explore their creativity and push their boundaries, which is what they did recently when they wrote and performed 'Ultus: The Forgotten Story of Aurele de Lambert'.
Head of Agriculture and Primary Industries, Mr Mark Bokenham, believes bringing the farm into the classroom and encouraging self-motivated learners is key to developing students who will thrive in the sector.
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.
For 75 years, a letter to Michel Bourgeau from his father in New Caledonia languished in the College archives. A chance discovery triggered a search to locate the Joeys Old Boy and deliver him the correspondence. Now Michel is reconnected with the school – and has a cherished memento of a parent's love.
Stan McCabe is one of the greatest batsmen to have pulled on a baggy green cap, but even though he was rated as good as Sir Donald Bradman, the salt of the earth Joeys boy never forgot his roots – or his mates – as a 1930 Ashes tour letter to the College Headmaster reveals.
For more than a century, Old Boys have been giving back to the College that gave them so much. For men such as Fr Bernard Hennessy (1957) and Fr Tom Stevens (1995), returning to Hunters Hill is more than mere nostalgia; it is an opportunity to interact with students and advance the lives of a new generation of Joe-Boys.
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.
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.