Principal’s Message

At my school we have created a supportive, inclusive learning community.

Many have commented that St Joseph the Worker Catholic Primary School Auburn South has a country feel within a metropolitan setting. We enjoy celebrating the lives and achievements of the children together, and I am proud that my staff and I can welcome each child by name.

All of my staff are committed to providing a happy and safe environment where all members of the community are respected, encouraged and supported to help each child achieve their best.

Each child not only has a voice that is valued, but is provided with a variety of individualised learning experiences. My parent and carer community is very active in its support of the school. Whether it be for a social gathering, prayer celebration, playgroup session, parent information workshop or a school event, parents and carers are an integral part of the school community.

This school is a wonderful place to start your child’s path to lifelong learning. I would love you to explore the website and experience my unique school. I look forward to meeting you and getting to know your family.

Mrs Gai Melville

Catholic primary school Auburn South
Catholic primary school Auburn South

This school is very friendly and welcoming.  The teachers encourage the students to try new things and learn from your mistakes.  Even though we are not a big school, we get an extraordinary education from this school. – Winnie, student

St Joseph the Worker Catholic Primary School Auburn South was founded in January 1962. Our school beginnings were unique as the first principal, Mrs McGhee, was a lay principal and there were only infant classes which were held in what is now the school hall.

From 1964 until 1987 we were blessed to have the Sisters of Charity lead our school. We continue to follow in their charism to share the love, tenderness, and concern of Christ with all whom we meet, seeing Christ in everyone. Over time our school grew and co-educational classes went up to Year 6. With the help and support of the parish and school community many improvements were made to the school site: the building of a new classroom block, a new administration and library block, and the extension and landscaping of the playground. Those who helped to found and build our school inspired our school motto ‘Creating a difference’.

We are proud to have St Joseph the Worker as our Patron. Through his hard work he was able to honour God, our Father, as he used the talents given to him. As a carpenter, he was able to provide for the material needs of Mary and Jesus and provide us with an example of service and love.

In 2012 our school celebrated its 50th anniversary. We hope you will join us when we celebrate our 60th anniversary in 2022.

Our Vision

As partners in Catholic Education, our vision at St Joseph the Worker Catholic Primary School Auburn South is to develop an authentic Catholic primary school, based on our five building blocks of learning.

  1. Encourage successful learning
  2. Build a true spirit of community
  3. Embrace the future with hope
  4. Celebrate being Catholic
  5. Promote environmental stewardship

The link between our school, St Joseph the Worker Catholic Primary School Auburn South, and the parish of St Peter Chanel – St Joseph is particularly strong. Fr Thomas Kurunthanam is our parish priest and he joins us each Tuesday to celebrate Mass. Fr Thomas leads the combined faith community of St Joseph the Worker and St Peter Chanel which welcomes people, and their inspirational stories,  from all over the world.

The Sacramental program is led by the parish sacramental team and is very strongly supported by our school staff.

Parish Contact Details

Postal Address: 60 Kingsland Road, Berala, NSW 2141
Phone: (02) 9644 7787

Mass Times

  • Saturday Vigil: 5pm at Berala
  • Saturday: 8am at Berala followed by 9am Adoration and Novena
  • Sunday: 10am at Berala

St Raymond’s Maronite Parish

We also have a close connection with Fr Sam Wehbe, parish priest of St Raymond’s Maronite Parish, and he enjoys visiting our school throughout the year. The Maronite community has a presence within the school and we welcome families from this parish.

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Proudly Part of the Community of Sydney Catholic Schools

Our school is part of a system of over 150 low-fee Catholic schools in the Sydney Archdiocese.

Sydney Catholic Schools are thriving Catholic communities that ignite a love of Christ through excellent teaching and learning to empower students to reach their full potential.