Catholic Education South Australia

St Joseph's Payneham Preschool and School

Our school is an exciting place...

We want to share some of this excitement with you and provide specific information about our educational programs and daily routines. More importantly, this website will serve to welcome you into our caring community.

We have an expanded Preschool and Reception area and a mid-year intake in Preschool and Reception. Classes from Reception to Year 6 enjoy both indoor and outdoor learning spaces as the school grounds  have expanded over the last few years.

Supporting students and their families is part of our history passed on to us by the Sisters of St. Joseph who established our school in 1962. It began with 42 students and today there are 430 students from Preschool to Year 6.

In the late 1950's many new people, a large number being Italian migrants, came into the Maylands and Payneham areas.  The foundation stone was blessed by Bishop Gleeson on 23rd April, 1960.  The building was completed by the end of the year and opened by His Grace, Archbishop Beovich.

The Parish Priest , Fr James Kelly, recognised the need for a Catholic school in the Payneham district and had four classrooms built next to the wood and iron chapel (Parish Hall) on Wellington Road (now 78 Portrush Road).

Sr David was the first principal and the Josephite nuns continued to lead the school until December 1983. As a parish school, we are grateful to the Sisters of St Joseph for the many years of service.The strong link between school and Parish continues today. It is very important to us.

With 4 stages of building developments in the last few years, we have been able to ensure contemporary and fit for purpose learning spaces allowing our enrolments to grow particularly in the Early Years..


Book your personal school tour with the Principal, Mr Simon Mechis & Deputy Principal, Ingrid Douventzidis

Ring:   8206 5100


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