Principal’s Message

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Rockdale is a friendly and welcoming multicultural community embedded within the parish of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Rockdale. Children are encouraged to respect others and strive to achieve their best in all areas of learning. Our classrooms are happy, engaging and interactive learning spaces.

The diverse needs of our students are met through an engaging curriculum that contextualises learning and identifies and caters for the individual needs of all students. The school offers specialist teaching in the areas of English as a Second Language, Special Needs, Reading Recovery and Gifted Education. Art, Drama Music and PE teachers foster skill development in a variety of sporting and creative areas. Extra-curricular opportunities are offered through sporting gala days, chess competitions, Science Week, fun club, peer tutoring, Mini Vinnies and representative sport.

We are inspired by the words of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop: “Never see a need without doing something about it.”

We hope this site provides you with the information you need to learn more about our wonderful school.

Kind regards,

Ms Rachelle Dopson

St Josephs Catholic Primary School, Rockdale Principals Message


Our school was established in 1892 with 88 students under the guidance of the Sisters of Charity. In 1912 the Sisters of St Joseph’s took over the leadership of the school and the Parish of St Joseph’s, Rockdale was established. In 1994 the first lay Principal was appointed and, in recent years, the facilities have undergone minor refurbishment to create the modern school it is today.


We have a strong focus on Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop and her devotion to God. We trust that our school values and a love of learning will go with our students as they become mature members of society, carrying on Mary MacKillop’s vision and serving one another in Faith, Generosity and Love.


St Mary MacKillop said: “Never see a need without doing something about it.”

With this in mind we are called to follow the Gospel values:

  • with Faith, giving us the courage to do God’s will
  • with Generosity, reaching out to others in need
  • with Love, deepening our relationship with God and all creation.


We are part of a community united in the person of Jesus Christ and inspired by St Mary MacKillop under the patronage of Saint Joseph. We aspire to lead faith-filled lives according to Gospel values.


Faith, Generosity and Love

Our community at St Joseph’s is an energetic and welcoming one. We are part of the Parish of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Rockdale City.

Parish Priest
Fr Yacub Barkat

Assistant Priest
Fr Frank Regala

Mass Times

  • Tuesday: 7.30pm (Rockdale)
  • Wednesday: 9am (Arncliffe)
  • Thursday: 9am (Rockdale)
  • Friday: 9am (Arncliffe)
  • Saturday: 5pm Vigil (Arncliffe) and 6.30pm (Rockdale)
  • Sunday: 9am (Arncliffe), 9am (Italian – Rockdale) and 10.30am (Rockdale)

Contact Details

P: (02) 9567 1558

Proudly Part of the Community of Sydney Catholic Schools

Our school is part of a system of 147 low-fee Catholic schools in the Sydney Archdiocese.

Sydney Catholic Schools are thriving Catholic communities that ignite a love of Christ through excellent teaching and learning to empower students to reach their full potential.