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Where every child matters and every moment counts

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Prep 2024 Enrolments now open

If you are looking for a school that:

  • Provides an individualised curriculum that is personalised to your child’s needs

  • Prides itself on its small classes and vibrant and inclusive community

  • Is caring, nurturing and challenges student’s intellect and imagination

  • Encourages children to strive for personal excellence and growth

  • Believes in the importance of educating the ‘whole child’ – intellectually, socially, physically and emotionally

  • Instils the values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience

  • Acknowledges that the wellbeing of every child is paramount

  • Provides a safe and harmonious school environment where successful and positive relationships flourish


Please contact the Principal, Mary Kearney, via the Form below for a personalised school tour and have a chat to us about we can provide the best school transition for your little one.  Or if you are ready to begin your journey with St Joseph's then complete and return the enrolment form below to us


Fill in the form to book a tour with our principal Mary Kearney. 

Book a Tour with Mary

Thanks for contacting St Joseph's Northcote. We will be in contact shortly. 

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When should I enrol my child for Prep?


To be eligible for enrolment in our Prep 2024 class intake, your child must have their fifth birthday by April 30th 2024.


Do you run a Prep Orientation program?


We believe that a successful transition program really helps children to thrive when they start Prep. 


With this in mind, each November we invite our new Prep students to participate in the Prep Orientation Program.


We start with a parent information night, which is a great opportunity for parents to ask questions, meet teachers and our school leaders.


The children are invited to attend our orientation program, which is made up of two morning sessions from 9am – 11am.  All our new preppies, meet their class teacher and participate in activities that assist with their school transition.


As part of the Prep Orientation process, Prep students are assigned a Buddy from our Senior student community.  Buddies are introduced during the two November visits, and are then a friendly and welcoming face in January as Preppies start their school life.  Our Senior Students offer help, support and friendship to the newest members of our school community.


Is there a handover process with our kinder?


As a part of our commitment to ensuring every child starts their school journey positively, our Prep Transition Leader visits every one of our enrolled Preppy’s kindergartens to speak with the child’s teacher for ‘prep handover’. This gives us an insight into the approaches, strategies and tools that work best for your child.  These are then incorporated into planning for the start of the new school year.


We understand that Prep Transition may need to look a little different depending on the needs of your child. Our Prep Transition Leader can tailor a transition program that works for your family, and this can be discussed on our personalised tours.


Do you run a Phonics Program?


In our Junior Classes we teach synthetic phonics to give our students confidence as they start their reading and writing journey.


Across the school we take an Evidence Based Approach to our teaching and learning.

Do you accept enrolments in other year levels?


We welcome enquiries regarding places for students in other year levels.  These can be made any time, and an appointment with the Principal will be organised.  Places in other year levels are dependent on availability and in accordance with our enrolment policy.


How can I find out more about St Joseph’s?


We welcome your enquiries either by phone, email or in person. 

St Joseph’s Northcote

39 James St, Northcote – we are located just behind the Northcote Town Hall.

Principal, Mary Kearney

(03) 9481 7166

How do I enrol?


If you wish to apply, please download our enrolment form.



Uniforms can be purchased from Academy Uniform

As part of the School Sun Smart Policy children are required to wear St Joseph's hats in Terms 1 and 4.

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