Sport Houses

St Joseph’s College has four sport houses. Each one has a patron who’s story is befitting the adventurous spirit that surrounds Katherine.





Strength through Unity

Strength in the light of Truth

Lead with Courage

Walk in Service Together

Named after Fr Thomas Ormonde (M.S.C.), the first resident parish priest of Katherine. Fr Ormonde worked long and tirelessly with his parishioners to build the vibrant and life filled Catholic community that we have today. The Celtic cross represents the Gallic heritage of Fr Ormonde. The turtle totem represented common sense and love and often appear as totems and in Dreamtime stories and Creation myths. Indigenous people respect the food resources that sustain them in the same way as we respect the love God gives us to sustain our spiritual growth.

Jules Chevalier founded the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart and Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. The first Parish Priest Fr Thomas Ormonde belonged to this order, as did the first Principal of the school, Sr Patricia Smith. The Maltese cross eight points represent the eight beatitudes or blessings upholding the philosophy of Jules Chevalier work with the poor and disfranchised. The Kookaburra is linked to happiness and positive energy. The kookaburra totem is a powerful one with fire and water like the Holy Spirit at the heart of its spirit. The kookaburra is a healer of the past helping to close and open new doors in our lives.

Named after St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, who is Australia’s first saint. Mary MacKillop founded a religious congregation, called the Sisters of St Joseph, in order to provide education and welfare to families living in cities and remote areas.  The cross identifies us as a Christian community drawing our ethos and energies from Jesus Christ and his Gospel. Behind the Cross is the symbol associated with the religious order founded by Mary Mackillop, The Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart. The brolga bird either side of the cross is part of the Aboriginal creation stories. The Brolga represents a story of learning, eldership and transformation along life’s pathway much like a child’s journey throughout their life at school.

Named after St John Bosco, who was the founder of the Salesians, a religious congregation that has as their apostolate the pastoral care of youth. The Salesians were in the parish for a number of years, up until the beginning of the year 2000.The Salesians were instrumental in the initial setting up of the College and then again in the move into secondary education. The cross represents John Bosco’s vision that the virtues of faith, knowledge, leadership and citizen creates success through education for the young.  The snake is revered as a powerful totem representing the source of life like God is in our lives. When the snake spirit animal appears, it means healing opportunities, transformation and life change will occur.