Sisters of St Joseph Lochinvar

Since our foundation in Lochinvar in 1883 Sisters taught in many schools in response to the needs of people in rural areas, mining towns and working class suburbs.

In all, fifty parish primary schools and ten secondary schools were entrusted to our Sisters in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle and beyond. These are listed below.

Music was always a prominent aspect of our Josephite education through classroom teaching, private tuition and the training of choirs and orchestras.

Today the Josephite spirit lives on in the schools through the work of dedicated lay principals and staff.

A history of schools, including those now closed, can be found in the publication, Snapshots in Time: 1822-2021 A Focus on schools in the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle by Frances Dunn, Marie Hughes rsj and Elizabeth Latham

For illustrated historical details click here.

Constitutions: A Future and a Hope

Click on the blue links below to be taken to an existing school’s website and learn more about that school and its history.

Parish Primary Schools

LocationEstablished
LOCHINVAR1883
MERRIWA1885
QUIRINDI1885 – 1887
KNOCKFIN1886 – 1900
NULKABA (CESSNOCK)1887 – 1937
CARRINGTON1888 – 1971
DUNGOG1888
MEREWETHER (Burwood)1888
BROOKFIELD1889 – 1957
LARGS1889 – 1968
KRAMBACH1893 – 1989
WINGEN1896 – 1958
ABERDEEN1896 – 1976
GLENDONBROOK1900 – 1920
WYBONG1901 – 1916
CUNDLETOWN1906 – 1969
CESSNOCK (Mt St Joseph)1906 – 1966
ABERMAIN1908
KURRI KURRI1908
WEST WALLSEND1912 – 1982
PORT MACQUARIE1913
DENMAN1915
CARDIFF1917
GLOUCESTER1919
TAREE1923
LocationEstablished
CHARLESTOWN1927
WAUCHOPE1928
WINGHAM1935
BELLBIRD1937 – 1957
CESSNOCK (Wollombi Rd)1937
SUMMER HILL1949
BELMONT1950
CLIFTON GARDENS1950
GRETA (Migrant Camp)1950 – 1960
KENDALL1952 – 1982
SWANSEA1952
BULAHDELAH1955
MEREWETHER BEACH1956
SHORTLAND1957
FORSTER1959
WINDALE1959
NEWCASTLE (Star of Sea)1961 – 1969
EDGEWORTH1962
MORISSET1962
PARKSIDE – QLD1962 – 1973
GATESHEAD (St Paul’s)1964
MUSWELLBROOK1973
KILABEN BAY (Toronto)1973
LAURIETON (Kendall)1982

Secondary Schools

LocationEstablished
LOCHINVAR1915
TAREE 1926
GATESHEAD (St Mary’s) 1964
PORT MACQUARIE 1930
WAUCHOPE1930 – 1968
WINGHAM1935 – 1961
Location Established
CESSNOCK (Mt St Joseph’s)  1936 – 1968
MERRIWA  1954 – 1968
BULAHDELAH  1955 – 1966 
SUMMER HILL  1957 – 1962 
ABERDEEN 1972

Wall Hanging in St Joseph’s College Lochinvar Design: Sr Dorothy Woodward Artwork: Chelsea Gordon