Catholic Education South Australia

Principal's Welcome

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Welcome to St Joseph’s Payneham.

We are a co-educational Catholic primary school, providing an excellent holistic education for children from the Early Years through to Year 6.

Your choice of school is one of the most significant decisions you will make for your child.

At St Joseph’s Payneham, we deliver a variety of learning experiences, so that your child can develop to their capacity – academically, spiritually, physically, socially, emotionally and creatively.

The dedicated staff at our school facilitate teaching and learning which caters for the needs of all students.

We value healthy connections with families and recognise that for a child to flourish, authentic and strong home-school partnerships need to be formed and maintained. 

Lastly, but importantly, we teach and encourage children to try their best, to be themselves, to take risks, to welcome challenges, to learn from mistakes and to adopt a growth mindset. This approach to learning and life promotes optimism, grit and an attitude that anything can be learned, improved and achieved.  

I look forward to meeting you and joining our school community.

Simon Mechis


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