St Joseph’s College is a Catholic 7-12 high school operated by St Joseph’s Parish, Tweed Heads, assisted by the Lismore Diocese Catholic Education Office.
SJC works closely with its parents and the community to fulfill the important role of educating the youth of the Tweed Heads region. Our motto, ‘Peace through Justice’ is modified from Pope Pius XII’s motto ‘Opus Justitiae Pax’ – The work of justice is peace. This original motto was taken up in 1939 at the outbreak of World War II. The motto transcends the circumstances of those times to inspire each of us through significant effort in our personal lives, to establish community at local and international levels. The dove of peace reinforces this message.
It was such a thrill to see our students display such skill and courage by performing in front of such a large audience!
A great evening was witnessed where some very talented, courageous, technically savvy and entertaining students (and teachers) put on such a great show. There was a great crowd present to witness the event and some very good funds were raised for the upcoming Vietnam Immersion.
Monday July 1 saw SJC celebrate NAIDOC Day (the official day of which fell during the holidays). We were privileged to have the Jellurgal Dance Group perform for the students. They spoke about the traditional land upon which we meet each day and gave students the opportunity to perform. During the ceremony, a number of indigenous students were acknowledged for the work they are currently doing around the school.
We also had the opportunity to thank Bianca Gardner, mother of Jedda. Bianca is an accomplished artist and of her own accord, painted an image for the College titled ‘Women’s Business at SJC’. I cannot thank Bianca enough for this very generous act and I have included the image, and story of the painting, below for all to admire. The painting will be mounted in the College Conference Room for members of the SJC community and visitors to enjoy.
Congratulations and thank you to the 93 students who represented our College at the recent ANZAC Day March at Coolangatta-Tweed.
All students presented themselves extremely well and were mature and co-operative in their manner. We had a terrific turnout and it was wonderful to see so many families in our community understand and support such a worthwhile and important national day.