St Joseph’s School

St Joseph’s School was situated on the corner of Broad and Smith Streets. It was adjacent to the Convent of the Holy Family Nuns which stood behind the school. When the school closed, the Durdoc Centre was built on the site.

I received the following letter from Michael McCann who started his schooling there in 1957. He sent the 1957 Class 1 photo as well. Unfortunately he cannot remember his fellow class mates and so I post this here with the hope that someone can respond.

” This is the Class 1 St. Joseph’s School photo taken in 1957. I’m the little tyke at top, second from right. I remember my first day – so exciting until I got teased for having the wrong socks. I must have created a little for the next day I attended class with the proper attire. Nothing much has changed it seems! I still have my class 2 schoolwork book wherein I practiced my alphabet amongst other class exercises. I remember there being a pedestrian crossing in Smith Street adjacent to the school entrance over which we were sometimes marshalled to attend ‘music appreciation’ in the hall opposite. Peter and the Wolf sticks in my mind. It is fascinating reading the shards of memories posted by those remembering those far off times. I will send more class photos in the future, perhaps someone in your blog group will recognise faces. Unfortunately I made no notations on the reverse and I can’t recall names of my class mates.”

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5 Responses

  1. Jerald Rabie
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    I was at st Josephs school in 1948

  2. Valerie Poisson (Jordaan)
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    I attended St. JOSEPH’S school from 1951 when Sister Clement was headmistress, Sister Berkman taught class 2 and Sister Brendan prepared us for our 1st communion. A few years later I was confirmed by Archbishop at the Hurley Emmanuel Cathedral. I was heartbroken when my family moved to Escombe and my sister and I had leave St. Joseph’s and were enrolled at Escombe Primary school. That was a great culture shock to us. I think of the Sisters with great love.

  3. Peter Spiller
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    I was fascinated to see the class one photo from 1957. I am the boy in the front, third from the right. My friends were Neil Haarhoff, second from the right in the top row, and George Loker, fourth from the left in the front row. Our teacher in class one was a lovely woman called Mrs Williamson. The following year we were in Mrs Spicer’s class, then in standard one Ms Edwards’ class, and then in standard two Mrs St George’s class. After that we boys had to leave, and I went to Park View.

    Does anyone have a photo of the old school or other class photos?

    Thank you to Gerald and Michael.


    • Gerald Buttigieg

      Hi Peter
      On the main bannerhead there is a SEARCH option. Click on this and enter St Joseph’s. It will do a search of all posts referring to St Joseph’s . I posted a picture some years ago of the school as it was in Smith Street. Look for the one titled Diary Page # 27.

  4. Darien Cook
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    I attended St Joseph’s School from 1963 to 1969 when I was made Head Girl. I remember the head of the school was Sister Agnes and a Sister Dolores taught us in Standard three . I also remember the names of other teachers – Miss Walker in Std 4 , Miss Ducass the cookery teacher .
    Fond memories of that school ! Can remember marching to music after “ line up “ in the courtyard 😂

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