Our Sunday Evening Mass is an integral part of the College week. Boarders, parents and any families are all welcome to the 8:15pm celebration of the Eucharist. Each week different Year groups are responsible for carrying out readings and other jobs needed to assist Fr.Gavin. With the refurbishment of the Chapel presently under way, the Mass is being held in the Br. Emilian Hall.

Below are some of our boys waiting for the Mass to commence. When the Mass commences, our boys carry out the readings very well. We are all fortunate to have Fr. Gavin, he always delivers messages which challenge the boys and greatly assists their faith development. Always feel free to come along to any of our Masses, they are a great way to start a new week.




As mentioned previously, the boys are studying each evening in the classrooms from 6:15pm – 8:00pm. They then have optional activities or study in the dorms from 8:15pm – 9:00pm. After this they are back at their desks in the dorms from 9:15pm – 9:45pm. With a number of Assessment Tasks due over the next three weeks, Donna, Andrew and I have been stressing the importance of planning ahead and getting started on these upcoming obligations. Generally the boys have been doing this very well.


Our weekly Assemblies, Thursday Period Two, are an important part of the College week. At our Assembly today, with Mr Tarlinton overseas, Br. Anthony addressed the boys with some timely advice. The gloss of the new year has worn off and it is now time for routine and good habits repeated regularly, not just during the week, but also on weekends. Brother told the boys;

“If you believe in yourself and are willing to work hard, to be prepared to make little sacrifices and pay the price for the things that matter, anything is possible for you to achieve”.

Wise words for them all to put into practice.


The College Triathlon side competed today out at Penrith. Three Year 10 boys were part of the nine man team, Alex and Dom Sestanovic and Kane Rodwell. The boys competed strongly and certainly gave their all as can be seen by the following photos. Congratulations and thankyou to each one of them.


Andrew and I have been talking to the boys about their food choices at meal times. As many of them have big workloads, they need to be choosing good meals, rather than comfort food of jam or peanut butter sandwiches. Plenty of good selection is always available for them, pleasing to see most boys choosing wisely too.


On Wednesday all boys successfully completed their tests on their way to completing their Royal Life Saving Bronze Medallion. We were most impressed by the manner in which they completed their respective tests.


Congratulations to our new beginners for this year, they have mixed into the Year group tremendously and have made a wonderful contribution in their own ways. There have been and will still be challenges but the manner in which all these boys have begun here at Joeys is a credit to them and they are a pleasure to have in the Year group.


After evening study is completed many of the boys take up the option of the evening activities, basketball, touch football, taking things easy in the dorms or going to the Healy Centre for supervised training, which has proved popular with them all. The boys are supervised by Cameron Black (NRL Referee Strength and Conditioner), Andy Gilvary (SJC Strength and Conditioner), James Quinn  and Ben Carolan who are both College coaches with Strength and Conditioning qualifications.


At our Division Meeting Today the boys were addressed by Mr Graeme Kachel, Director of Technology and Innovation and he spoke to them about Digital citizenship at Joeys. Graeme stressed the importance of managing their Digital Footprint positively and the importance of having a positive online presence both for today and for their future endeavours. It was a very productive and informative presentation.





Saturday Night Boarders BBQ

Boys staying in on Saturday night enjoy an opportunity to cook up a terrific BBQ before sitting around to generally relax have a talk about the day’s sport and enjoy the meal. This group, as usual, have plenty of self-proclaimed BBQ Kings on hand to cook, there are plenty of opinions on o ffer and I am pleased to say, they are excellent in the after dinner clean up!