Celebrating the Feast of St Joseph

This month a number of schools across the Diocese celebrated their patron saint during The Feast of St Joseph.

St Joseph’s Primary School, Merriwa

At our most geographically isolated school in Merriwa and in the Josephite tradition, staff, students and families celebrated the life of their school’s saint by having a community day in his honour.

The students identified St Joseph’s strengths of compassion, inclusivity and courage by engaging in various activities. These included calligraphy writing, circuit making with electric kits, tie-dye, board games and more. These activities were organised and run by the teachers as a way of serving the students.

Year 6 students, supervised by Mrs Peebles, were able to serve the students and families by providing a wonderful lunch.

All enjoyed a wonderful morning during which the true community spirit of our small school shone through.


St Joseph’s Primary School, Merewether

God called Joseph, a simple carpenter, to care for and protect Mary and Jesus. With great faith and trust, he accepted God’s call. St Joseph sets a good example for us all – he showed us how to love, how to care for others and how to put the needs of others before himself.

Our school celebrates the Feast of St Joseph each year with our school community commemorating this special occasion in a number of ways.

Coming together as a school community for a liturgy in St Joseph’s Church, provided an opportunity for all to reflect on St Joseph’s life and consider the ways in which we can be more like him, which brings us closer to God. Thank you to Fr Peter Street for leading us in this liturgy.

After the liturgy, students prepared for fun and games with an afternoon of tabloid activities.

Year 6 students organised activities ranging from parachute games to ‘pin the moustache on the teacher’ – as well as a dance off in the school hall. Students rotated around the games in mixed age groups and lots of fun was had by all.

At recess, Year 4 students ran a stall at which they sold delicious cakes and cupcakes. They raised over $607 for Project Compassion.

Thank you to Year 6 students, Stage 3 parents and all who helped make this occasion special for our community! In addition, a big thank you to our Year 4 bakers and cake decorators – the cupcake stall was amazing!

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Renata Powell

Renata Powell is the Religious Education Coordinator at St Joseph’s, Merewether.