St Joseph’s College is a Catholic boys’ secondary school which operates in the traditions of Don Bosco. Founded in 1965, today we have a student population of approximately 1000 boys from Years 7 to 12.

At St Joseph’s we are leaders in boys’ education. We provide a Salesian education that inspires dynamic learning that is life-focused, person-centred and built on the respect between teacher and student. Our broad and innovative curriculum and co-curriculum cater for the needs of all our students academically, pastorally and culturally.

To learn more please browse through our website, or for further information please contact the College on 9758 2000 or

Enrolment enquiries or 9756 3112


St Joseph’s College first opened its doors in 1965 as one of a series of regional Colleges which the Melbourne Catholic Education Department were building in strategic parts of the Archdiocese.

Father Colin Miller, Parish Priest of Ferntree Gully at the time, was a great devotee of St John Bosco and keen supporter of the Salesians. He was a driving force behind the project to build St Joseph’s College and for it to come under the care of the Salesians. A strong Salesian presence is still an integral part of the College today.

The College was built on land belonging to the Ferntree Gully parish and with 56 students studying Form 1 (Year 7 today) it was little more than a corridor flanked by 3 classrooms, a small office and a storeroom. Each year the College facilities grew and more year levels were added to cater for the many students travelling from the surrounding parishes.

Through the years the College has continued to expand and diversify to include a wide range of innovative programs and curriculum for boys from Years 7-12.