Democratic Principles

St Joseph’s is committed to the principles of liberal democracy.

  • St. Joseph’s educates its Learners about the country we live in, the law of the land and our right to freedom of speech, association and religion
  • St. Joseph’s educates its Learners to be lawful and responsible citizens
  • St. Joseph’s proudly recognises and pays respects to our traditional landowners, the Bangarang and Yorta Yorta people.
  • St. Joseph’s educates its Learners to be respectful and value all individuals, proudly raising three flags: Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.

 At St Joseph’s we address this by; 

  • Our school displays a poster of democratic values as required by the Australian Government.
  • The Civics and Citizenship domain of the Victorian Curriculum, which is required to be taught in all

Catholic schools provides students with knowledge, skills and opportunities to understand and practise what it means to be a citizen in a democracy.

  • Acknowledgement of Country is part of our Assemblies and we raise the flags each Monday morning at Assembly
  • Students are required to work through the three strands of the Civics and Citizenship; Government and Democracy, Laws and Citizens and Citizenship and Diversity and Identity. This is covered in a two-year cycle and includes a Camp to Canberra in the Senior School.