Who We Are
St. Joseph’s Tara is a systemic school within the Diocese of Toowoomba. St. Joseph’s is a small rural school in Tara, catering for students from Prep to Year 6. Average class size is 15 students. The story of Jesus is central to the school community.
The Sisters of St. Joseph established the school in 1965. The Parish Priest and at the time was Fr Herzig, who remained in Tara until 1979. The Josephite sisters stayed for thirteen years at which point there were dwindling numbers in their order. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart sisters carried on their good work. Lay staff, then operated the school and have continued to do so. In 1978 the first lay Principal, Mr Garry Mills was appointed to the school.
There have been many changes over the years to both the school grounds and additions of buildings and structures. The tuckshop and covered area extension was completed in August 1985.
By 1995, the school was in need of some major refurbishments and through the capital grants program, this work saw the school raised to its current level and the classrooms modernised. With enrolments steadily increasing, another classroom was added in 1999, complete with air conditioning to maximise student comfort. The rest of our school is also air-conditioned with thanks to our P&F committee.
With the introduction of the Preparatory year of schooling in 2006, our school underwent further changes. These improvements included a new Prep classroom and administration building, complete with air-conditioning. In 2010, through the Building the Education Revolution stimulus funding by the Commonwealth Government, the undercover area was built, We are very blessed with aesthetic, modern learning facilities. To add to this, we have recently invested a large amount of money into technology and now the school has a fully networked computer system; including numerous lap-top computers, ipads and robotic devices.
In 2010, St Joseph’s School, Tara celebrated the canonisation of St Mary MacKillop, a significant event for the Sisters of St Joseph and Australia, and for our school.
The school celebrated its ‘Golden Jubilee’ - 50th Year in 2015, a mark of the strength of our small but nurturing school community. The fiftieth book can be found on this website.
In every way the school continues to be true to its motto –‘Faith- Friendship – Honour’. We are committed to providing quality learning in a caring and supportive environment.