St Joseph's Barraba

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St Joseph’s Primary School Barraba

St Joseph’s Barraba is a vibrant and progressive school, providing a high quality Catholic Education to students in the local area.

Our school motto is “In All Things Charity” and it is this founding statement that is at the heart of everything we do as a school community. St Joseph’s enjoys the fervent support of the school, parish and local community. This strong sense of community is fostered within the students who are both encouraged and supported in their participation in local community events and ceremonies.

St Joseph’s Primary is a Catholic systemic Co-educational School located in Barraba.

St Joseph’s Barraba has been offering a high quality education to the children of Barraba for over 100 years. St Joseph’s was established in 1910 by Father Collender and the Sisters of St Joseph.

The Sisters of St Joseph’s provided a quality education from 1910 until they withdrew from the Parish at the end of 1987. In 1988 the first lay principal was appointed and since then the school has been staffed completely by lay principals and teachers. The 2010 school year was a very proud moment in the history of St Joseph’s Barraba as it celebrated its Centenary. In 2011, a major building project took place under the BER Project and St Joseph’s now boasts a new library, administration area, COLA and canteen.

St Joseph’s is in St John’s Parish Barraba and the student body is made up of students from the township of Barraba and local farming areas.

There are two major parent bodies supporting the school: the P&F and the School Board. The P&F hold a number of fundraising events throughout the year to raise additional funds for the school and assist with working bees, while the School Board provides wise counsel throughout the course of the year.

St Joseph’s Barraba is active within the local parish and town community. The students attend Mass every first and third Tuesday of the month and participate in local activities, including the ANZAC Day March, Australia Day activities, the Barraba Show, Granny/Pops program and Frost Over Barraba. As a school community they also raise money for a number of charities including Caritas Australia and Catholic Missions.


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