The Mission of St Joseph's Primary School Taree is to "Do whatever it takes to serve our learners and provide a quality catholic education", and this is supported by the staff's statement of commitment which indicates "We will educate ALL students to the best of our ability, so that they may achieve to the best of theirs."
With a Professional Learning Community based on these commitments, and situated among a large, beautiful, and friendly setting with the latest resources, the students are well placed to engage enthusiastically and confidently with their learning. There is a place for every child at St Joseph's, Taree.
The priority focus is on continuous learning, social justice, community wellbeing and improved learning.
Exceptional teaching staff have significant and consistent on-site professional learning each day through the support and guidance of two full-time instructional leaders. The sole purpose of the instructional leaders is to provide daily support to exceptional teachers through co-teaching activities, coaching sessions, small group personalised interventions, and collaborative personalised planning for each student based on the teacher's quality assessment of each student's work samples. All this has resulted in improved outcomes for the students.
They have also invested heavily in digital technologies for learning and have just appointed a STEM coordinator to ensure that the students not only have access to robotics and digital and multimedia resources but they also have the skills to engage with this technology.
In 2021, the school opened their Learning Hub, a purpose-built contemporary learning area that enables students to engage with a variety of digital technologies in every key learning area. Whether they be in their classroom or in "the Hub", they use iPads, laptops, beetlebots, robots, spheros, and a multitude of software to redefine their learning. Examples of this are taking photos and annotating the content, creating graphic models, designing learning games through coding, investigating 3D printing, making movies, creating learning journals, and building websites, all of these which demonstrate their enhanced learning on a variety of platforms.
The school's investment in digital learning has been significant with the employment of a teacher and enough digital resources to ensure that all students can be engaged at the same time in all classrooms across the school on either an iPad, laptop, Apple TV, or several other devices mentioned earlier.
Members of the community are invited to visit when Covid protocols allow. Until then, you can check out the digital learning platform and Facebook page for examples of the skilful and playful students at work.