Vision & Mission

Our vision and values have evolved over a long history, shaped by our proud identity as a Catholic school in the Josephite tradition. We celebrate our uniqueness, blessed by the beauty of our location, the richness of our past, and the inspiration of our faith to nurture our young people so that they flourish as learners and leaders in our world.

As a Catholic school in South Australia, the Living, Learning and Leading Framework provides a foundation for understanding our mission and our work as a community, in partnership with families, to ensure our students develop the capabilities and dispositions to thrive.


St Joseph's is a nurturing Catholic school living the Josephite tradition of justice, compassion and hospitality, igniting a love of learning. We have a proud history of providing education in Port Lincoln for more than 130 years.

Our students are challenged to excel and become confident, respectful contributors to our global society.


This vision is lived out through the core values of faith, hope, love in all things and respect for self, others, property and the environment.

More information about our school can be found in the documents below.

School Improvement Plan 2021

Strategic Plan 2019-2021

Annual Report to School Community

School Emblem

Our School Emblem was designed by Sr Fergus Brosnahan in 1926 and was initially worn on the uniform of school boarders to distinguish them from day scholars, later changing to encompass our whole school. The lily in our emblem symbolises integrity whilst the colour of the earth, the farming community and the Sisters' work with the indigenous people is represented with brown. The blue highlights the beautiful waters of Port Lincoln and our fishing community while the gold symbolises the local wheat crops and God’s love for us. The cross accentuates the great love of Jesus for us and the letters SJS represent St Joseph 's School, honouring all those who worked to build our school community; Sisters, parents, students and friends. Our motto ‘In Omnibus Caritas’, ‘In all things love’, is both an invitation and a challenge to the way we live our daily life.