St Joseph’s Primary School Black Rock is an inclusive and welcoming learning community which strives to work in partnership with every family, to achieve the best possible learning opportunities for every child.

Our students are at the centre of all we do at St Joseph’s Primary School Black Rock. At the very heart of our school, is our development as a Faith Community which celebrates together and nurtures each person spiritually. Our school is a place where Gospel values are modelled, social justice actions encouraged and where our students’ faith experiences are related to real life and reflect our Catholic values and beliefs, enhanced by Christian meditation.

St Joseph’s Primary School Black Rock promotes respectful and positive relationships, ensuring that the students and their families feel valued and accepted as part of our school community. We work together to foster the notion of lifelong learning as we share our ongoing learning journey together.

Our learning and teaching is based on contemporary learning styles and resources. Teachers work collaboratively to plan an engaging and differentiated curriculum, in a supportive and caring environment, that is centred on the individual needs, learning styles and interests of the students.

We are blessed to have a dedicated staff, supportive parents, a welcoming school and parish community, with an engaging Parish Priest and friendly and co-operative students, who are interested in learning.

I warmly welcome you to our school and invite you to join us on our learning journey as we work in partnership with you, to provide the best learning opportunities for your child. I look forward to getting to know your child and I trust that your relationship with our community will be a happy and positive one for your whole family.


Carmel Stutterd



Melinda Phyland
Classroom Teacher
Chris Kelliher
Classroom Teacher
Mathematics Leader
Ben Sandison
Classroom Teacher
ICT Leader
Catriona Botterill
Classroom Teacher
STEM Teacher
Amy Angele
Classroom Teacher
Hanna Wood
Classroom Teacher
Jenny Keely
RE, Wellbeing & Literacy
Gai Cooke
Classroom Teacher
Michael Brooks
Classroom Teacher
Louise Watts
Indonesian/Art - CLIL
Angela Stutterd
Learning Support Officer
Cathy Wells
Henry Mutimer
Physical Education
Louise Murray
Environmental Science
Michelle Herd
Learning Support Officer
Marie Sebastian
Liam Buckley
Kate O'Brien
Classroom Teacher
Jo Green
Learning Support Officer
Pauline Liddiatt
Learning Support Officer
Tess Giles
Learning Support Officer
Regine Del Castillo
Classroom Teacher
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St Joseph’s Primary School, Black Rock, was established as a church/school in 1928. History reveals ‘that before 1928, local Catholics attended a Sunday Mass, with a visiting celebrant, at the Black Rock home of a Mr & Mrs Murphy, on a wide, lattice enclosed verandah, where a temporary altar was set up and chairs provided for about 15 to 20 people’, known as the Murphy Church. (Parish Historical Records).

A new St Joseph’s Church was opened in 1964. In 1992 Fr Gerard O’Callaghan retired as Parish Priest of St Joseph’s Parish and Fr Tom White, Parish Priest of Stella Maris, Beaumaris, was appointed Administrator. Fr John Dupuche was the first Parish priest of the Parish of Nazareth and Father Anthony Denton become the new Parish priest in July 2015. Both Parishes combined in 2008 and became the Parish of Nazareth at Rickett’s Point. The amalgamation of both parishes has been well received by all within the community.


The main building of St Joseph’s School was opened in 1954. In 2005 the original church building was refurbished and now houses administrative offices, a teacher resource area, meeting rooms, a staff room and an art room. An additional classroom was also built. The parish/school hall was refurbished in 2008/09 and includes tennis clubrooms for St Joseph’s Tennis Club. The school was upgraded with four classrooms and building a new library, computer lab / multimedia centre under the ‘Building the Education Revolution’ commencing June 30, 2009.


544 Balcombe Road
Black Rock 3193
Phone: (03) 9589 4685 



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