History of St Joseph's College, Katherine

Established in 1987

St Joseph’s Catholic College, is a Parish School set on 16 ha of land bound by Chambers Drive and Maluka Road in Katherine East.  The school was established in 1987 by the Sisters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, with an initial enrolment of ninety students.  The founding Principal was Sr Patricia Smith (OLSH). The school consisted of four classrooms; these were the rooms on the north side, the canteen wing along with 2 portable classrooms. Father Edward Cooper laid the first brick which established the college.

We expanded and became a primary to Middle School College in 1999 with the commencement of Years 7 & 8; by 2001 the College had expanded to cater for year’s Transition to Year 10. Little Joeys Early Learning Centre for student aged between 3 and 5 joined our College community in 2008. Senior secondary commenced in 2013 with our first Year 11 class followed by Year 12 in 2014.

Turning the first sod First day of school 1987 Aerial View 1987


The college has experienced rapid growth and in 2023 there were approximately 280 students in 14 classes:

Current facilities include:

  • Science Laboratory
  • Home Economics Room
  • Manual Arts
  • Visual Arts
  • Computer Lab - primary only, secondary BYO Program
  • Dance/Drama Room
  • Sensory Room
  • Library
  • Covered Play Areas
  • Nutrition Room