St Jerome’s is a Catholic Primary School catering for over 700 students from Three Year Old Kindergarten to Year 6. The school is an integral part of the St Jerome’s Parish and there is a very close relationship between the school and Parish. There is over 60 staff, including teaching and non-teaching staff.
St Jerome’s Primary School accepts the challenge to be a place where the climate and curriculum are illuminated by faith, and where both are permeated by the Gospel spirit of love and freedom. In this light, our school community seeks to develop the potential of its members, whilst respecting their dignity and uniqueness.
St Jerome’s Primary School was established in 1935 and was originally located next to the old St Jerome’s Church located at the corner of Rockingham Road and Edeline Street Spearwood. In 1978, the school was relocated to its present site on the corner of Troode and Rockingham Road, Munster to cater to the fast growing community. St Jerome’s has continued to grow rapidly and is now a three-stream school catering for children from our Three Year Old Kindergarten to Year 6.
Religious Education at St Jerome’s Primary School follows the Perth Archdiocese Religious Education Units of Work. This program promotes an understanding of Christian beliefs and practices. Religious education is taught in a context with the same systematic demands and rigour as any other learning area.
Children participate in Sacramental programs in Year 3 (Penance), Year Four (Eucharist) and Year Six (Confirmation). Parents are an integral part of this preparation and are encouraged to assist the class teacher in any way they can. Parent information sessions are held as part of the preparation for each sacrament and parents are strongly encouraged to attend.
Pastoral care at St Jerome’s is based on the love of Christ for each individual and the school community as a whole. We strive to create a holistic approach centring on the human person as made in the image and likeness of God.
Pastoral care is embedded in our daily relationships in the way we interact with each other and recognise each person’s sense of well-being, identity and self-worth. Every person in the school community has a responsibility to foster quality interpersonal relationships. This includes teachers, students, parents, support staff, priests and the parish community.
All members of staff play an important role in modelling the importance of building and maintaining relationships, grounded in mutual respect, dignity, fairness, reconciliation, restorative justice and compassion, whilst providing opportunities to nurture individual growth.
St Jerome’s Primary School is guided by the model of Jesus Christ. We seek to assist students to develop as fully integrated human beings who are responsible, independent and inner directed.
We believe learning is a lifelong process. The curriculum of St Jerome’s Primary School and its entire learning environment, aims to encourage and set students on the life-long path towards truth. It enables students to assimilate skills, knowledge, values and social attitudes, all of which contribute to the students’ personalities and lead them to take their place as active members of the community. We offer specialist programs in the area of Music/Performing Arts, LOTE (Italian), Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Physical Education.
We pride ourselves on catering for the needs and interests of each individual child in our school. Teachers offer a rigorous and varied curriculum across all learning areas. We offer an excellent Gifted and Talented Program and have a well resourced Special Learning Needs Centre.
In respect to technology, St Jerome’s seeks to develop autonomous self directed learners who take responsibility and ownership for lifelong thinking, reasoning and learning, through the development of higher order thinking skills, technological skills and informational skills. All classrooms from Three Year Old Kindergarten to Year 6 have an interactive whiteboard. All students have access to computers in their classrooms, the Lab, the Library Lab and via a bank of student laptops and iPads.
St Jerome’s Primary School offers a diverse co-curricular program providing students with a variety of interests and opportunities. These include a variety of cultural and service activities such as choir, dance, public speaking, Lifelink, Caritas and community service.
The Health & Physical Education staff is dedicated to providing an excellent sports program within school hours. The aim of the program is to provide students with exposure to a range of sports so they may continue to live an active lifestyle and take responsibility for their own health and well-being. Over the course of the year, students take part in various Catholic Primary Schools Sport Association (CPSSA) carnivals and carnivals organised by various other associations.
St Jerome’s 3 year old Kindergarten program is based around fun and stimulating experiences that foster the philosophy of ‘Learning through Play’. We aim to engage children in play based experiences that develop their language skills, imagination, social skills, self confidence and independent behaviour.
St Jerome’s offers one full day session per class. Our 3 Year Old Education Programme runs every Tuesday and Thursday during the school terms. The program is run by a qualified Early Childhood Teacher and a qualified Education Assistant.
The contribution of parents in the school is strongly encouraged and is a feature of the school. Parents assist teachers regularly in classrooms and a specific group known as Making A Difference (MAD) volunteers are trained to work with children who have special needs. There is a School Board whose duty it is to oversee the financial management of the school and the Parents and Friends Association is the body through which parents can make a more formal contribution to the life of the school.