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Our School

Catholic Education in the Victoria, BC

About Our Programs

St. Joseph's is a vibrant Christian community rooted in the traditions of the Catholic Church and committed to excellence, honesty, and leadership.

Academics

St. Joseph’s Catholic School follows the Ministry of Education’s curriculum guidelines in all subjects. Subjects taught in all grades include Religion, Science, Social Studies, Career Education, and Applied Design, Skills and Technologies. As well, the school offers swimming and other recreational opportunities that allow students to explore activities that otherwise would not be available through the regular Physical Education classes, or other life-long learning possibilities.

Student progress report (report cards) are issued three times a year. Two Parent-Teacher interview sessions are scheduled. One is scheduled for the first term and a Student-Led Conference is scheduled for the second term. Parents may request an additional conference with the teacher at any time during the school year.

Fine Arts

St. Joseph’s Catholic School offers a Fine Arts program that includes Art in every class. Student art has been featured in a number of venues in the community, including the Ministry of Education building and the Goldstream Interpretive centre. Dance and Drama are integrated into Physical education, Language Arts, the Religion Program, and Social Studies. St. Joseph’s is proud to offer award winning programs of Irish and Jazz dance.

The school offers a Music Program consisting of Choir, and Band for grade five, six and seven students. Both the choir and bands perform annually at the Christmas Concert and ICS Spring Showcase along with other ad hoc performances, as opportunities permit, throughout the year.

Athletics

St. Joseph’s Athletics program embraces the tenets of good sportsmanship, fair play, and teamwork. We expect our student athletes to learn and develop skills and attitudes that are conducive to good sportsmanship, and to have fun while competing. St. Joseph’s offers students in grades 3-7 participation in inter-school Cross Country and Track and Field events. Volleyball and basketball are available to grade 6 and 7 students, who play other schools in the Lower Island Middle School Association (LIMSA), and grade 7 students can join badminton, playing other schools in the area under the auspices of Victoria Independent Schools Sports Association (VISSA). Grade 7 students have the opportunity to learn and participate in refereeing. St. Joseph’s also offers an intramural sports program for grades 4-7.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Extra-curricular activities are a vital part of our school, providing opportunities for students to participate and develop skills in areas outside the regular school curriculum. They also serve to build community and support the basic goals of our school. St. Joseph’s staff members are dedicated to offering programs outside of school time. Activities include sports, (volleyball, cross-country, basketball, badminton, track and field, and swimming).

Co-ed Irish and Jazz Dance programs are available to students in primary and intermediate grades. These programs meet before school, and at lunch to participate in the Victoria Fine Arts Festival each spring. To round out our extra-curricular offerings, St. Joseph’s Choir performs at the Christmas Concert and Victoria Performing Arts Festival. They also perform at other special occasions, school masses, flash mob events and choir trips. Rehearsals are before school and at lunch.

Hear From Our Students

Students were asked to write what they liked about our school and what made it special.

“It’s easy to find friends that you can keep for life. I have been at this school all my life and I have had some of my best memories and friends here. I love St. Joseph’s School and would recommend it to everyone I know!” – Emma

Beliefs & Values

St. Joseph's Catholic School integrates the gospel values Jesus taught with British Columbia Ministry of Education's curricular outcomes in all subjects.

Opportunities for faith formation and development involve all students at all age levels, and academic excellence is fostered across the grades. We are committed to the development of the unique gifts of each child in co-operation with parents and the local faith community by providing education which caters to the needs of the whole child: spiritual, physical, intellectual, cultural, emotional, and social.

Developing Leadership & Self-Confidence

What Makes A Catholic School Different?

“From the first moment a student sets foot in a Catholic school, he or she ought to have the impression of entering a new environment, one illumined by the light of faith and having unique characteristics.”

Religious Dimensions of a Catholic School, Rome, 1998

Excellence in Catholic Education

Experience excellence in Catholic education at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Victoria, BC.

St. Joseph’s is a preschool to grade 7 Catholic school that offers a full Academic Program, including French, as well as Fine Arts and Athletics, aiming to educate the whole child – spiritually, academically, and physically. The school strives to build on the foundation of faith established in the home, and is closely linked to St. Joseph The Worker Parish. The school is Catholic in philosophy and contemporary in outlook. Building on the foundation of faith established in the home, St. Joseph’s assists parents in guiding students toward a fuller understanding and commitment to Christ, and a deeper understanding of the Catholic faith.

Christ is the focal point of life at St. Joseph’s, where students not only come to know about Christ, but come to know Him personally, imitating His example in word and deed. The central mandate at St. Joseph’s is to provide an excellent education in a Catholic environment where students discover and appreciate the richness and insight of the Catholic Faith and Tradition, while developing the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to succeed in secondary and post-secondary education. Small class sizes provide an intimate setting where students learn to love and love to learn.

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