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Motto and Emblem

The school motto, “Ad majorem dei gloriam”, is the motto of the Jesuit order and means “To the greater glory of God”. At St Joseph’s School it has been adapted to “All for God’s glory” and it reminds us to honour God in all that we do just as Mary MacKillop did.



St Joseph’s School is located among an array of magnificent trees. They stand tall and strong and have endured the passage of time and all types of weather. These trees are a symbol of strength, shelter, support and sustainability.

St Joseph, the carpenter, relied on trees to supply the resource of his trade – timber. Timber has many qualities and characteristics and its uses are numerous. We embrace the tree as a symbol of our connection with St Joseph, our patron saint, and as a representation of the spirit that is St Joseph’s School and its community.

The significance of our symbol is reinforced by Matthew’s Gospel passage:

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in their field;

It is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of trees,

So that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

Matthew 13:31 – 32


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