St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Rosebery is set to provide students and parents alike with a welcoming, innovative and thriving Catholic community when it opens its doors in 2023.

As one of the newest additions to Sydney Catholic Schools (SCS) system of 150 primary and secondary schools, St Joseph’s will offer the high quality learning experience and resources that SCS is known for, while offering a contemporary and holistic approach to education. 


Catering to students from Kindergarten to Year 6, St Joseph’s will boast contemporary, flexible and multi-use learning spaces, giving students the opportunity to work as a whole class, in small groups or engage in more personalised learning. 

The school will also have large, outdoor learning and play areas, together with a multi-purpose hall that will host school assemblies, indoor sports, school functions and before and after school care. 

As well as offering excellence in teaching across all key learning areas, St Joseph’s will also have specialised teachers in music, sport and languages. 

Students will be able to take part in Sydney Catholic Schools’ ground-breaking Amadeus Music Education Program, offering students in Year 3 to 8 classroom music lessons, ensemble lessons and small group tuition, as well as an orchestral instrument to take home to practise. 

And they will enjoy what’s on offer as part of SCS’ all-ages, all-abilities program of sports in both competitive and non-competitive settings.


Bernard Ryan, Foundation Principal at St Joseph’s Rosebery, said he’s excited about the possibilities that a new school provides. 

Having previously served as principal at St Columba’s Catholic Primary School Leichhardt North, Mr Ryan said there’s a real opportunity to create something special at St Joseph’s. 

“It’s a blank canvas – we can be creative, we can be innovative, we can be future focused,” Mr Ryan said. 

“We want St Joseph’s to be a place where all children are valued, a place where families are welcome and a place where excellence in education can enable all to create our futures together and make a difference in the world” – Foundation Principal, Bernard Ryan


Mr Ryan said that at its heart, St Joseph’s will be a school where the life and mission of the Catholic faith will intertwine and enrich each students’ learning. 

The school will enjoy shared parish facilities alongside the existing St Joseph’s Catholic Church, which is part of the Parish of Sydney City South.

As well as an existing parish, St Joseph’s also has an active long day care and pre-school which is run by Sydney Catholic Early Childhood Services, effectively creating a Preschool to Year 6 learning precinct for the St Joseph’s community. 

“The school will not only be a place of collaboration for our students but the wider local community, with venue spaces and a cafeteria available to the public, together with outdoor spaces that will be available to be hired for community use,” Mr Ryan added. 


Mr Ryan said he’s looking forward to working with the parents of St Joseph’s to help shape a school everybody can be proud of. 

“Parents and carers have the chance to be foundation families for our community and join us on the journey in creating something special,” Mr Ryan said. 

“I would love to speak to any prospective parents about our vision, our mission, our values and all the things we’ll provide for their children.

“They can contact the school and speak directly to me or visit our temporary office space at 76 Rosebery Avenue, Rosebery.”