St Jerome's Newsletter

Week 5, Term 1 (Thursday 7 March 2019)

Dear Parents and members of our school community

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We were very proud of our Years 1 to 6 students’ respectful behaviour at the Ash Wednesday Mass. Of particular note was the beautiful way the school choir led the children and parishioners in singing the special Lenten hymns. During Lent,we try and focus on positive actions rather than “giving up” something although that too has its place.

A Message from our new P&F President - Sandra De Freitas

Dear Family and Friends of St Jerome's Primary School,

2019 is going to be a fabulous year! I can feel it my bones!

You may ask why?

TIME is something we don’t seem to have much of to be able to give back to our community.

My thought process for overcoming my lack of time to do the things I always wish to do is: ‘Do small things with great love.’

My small thing that I have taken on as my give back to my St Jerome's Primary School community is forming part of the P&F Executive as President.

You maybe thinking this is not a ‘small thing’. But in the great scheme of things, it is to me.

The P&F is a small part of a greater picture which we, as a community, should pull together to accomplish great things for our school and our children. By coming together to facilitate the conversations around what we can do to fundraise and spend on areas or resources that the school might need, is significant. Without the continued activity and involvement of the P&F, we will not be able to grow the needs of our school community. We should band together to leave a legacy in which you and your children can look back on and proudly say, “I/we were part of making St Jeromes Primary School Great!”

With the support of the P&F executive and Mrs Helen O’ Toole, et all, I hope my message encourages a flow on effect of positivity, enthusiasm and encouragement from the wider community.

I look forward to my first P&F meeting as part of the executive on Tuesday 12th March at 7pm. This will be a new journey for me. I invite you to come along and join in.

I’ll leave you with a thought: “Don’t miss out on something that could be great just because it could also be difficult.”

God Bless!

Kind regards,

Sandra De Freitas

P&F President

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Look out for the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers Raffle Flyer

Information on how to enter this competition and win family passes to the games will be coming out soon.
Helen O'Toole


Friday 15 March is Say NO to Bullying Day

Next Friday 15th March all around Australia students will be taking the opportunity to speak out and say no to bullying. Again this year we are asking students to wear their sport shorts and a T-shirt with an anti-bullying message written on it or attached to it.

This year’s theme is ‘Be kind and lend a hand’.

Next Friday we ask all of our students to create their message on a T-shirt and wear it for all to see so we can remind everyone that no type of bullying is acceptable and we will not tolerate it at St Jerome’s. So start planning your T-shirt this weekend!

Caritas - Project Compassion - Lent

Caritas – Project Compassion - Lent

Project Compassion is one of the major Catholic charities that we support at St Jerome’s. Each class has their own Project Compassion box and children are encouraged to bring along some money of their own to donate to support people who are less fortunate than we are. Parents are welcome to supplement this. We encourage children to think about others and reflect on the Caritas stories shared by their teachers. There is a different story for each week in Lent. You might like to ask your children about these stories and discuss them at home with your children.

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Life in her village in north-western Zimbabwe wasn’t easy for 12 year old Thandolwayo.

Thandolwayo lives with her grandparents and attends the local school which has just 35 students.

Every morning Thandolwayo would walk seven kilometres and risked being attacked by crocodiles as she collected contaminated water for her family. She’d then go to school feeling exhausted.

Thandolwayo’s grandparents sell pearl millet bran to fishermen and farmers for animal feed. They also sell chickens - but the income it brings isn’t enough to support the family.

Thandolwayo’s hope to be a nurse seemed almost impossible to realise, until Caritas Hwange helped the village to install two solar powered pumps and two 10,000 litre water storage tanks. The pumps draw the water up from the river to the storage tanks.

Thanks to Caritas’ support, water is now on tap in the village, benefitting the whole community - and Thandolwayo can concentrate on her education.

“Now I can bathe every day, the distance to collect water for the family has been reduced,” Thandolwayo says. “We now drink clean, safe water and diseases are no longer affecting us.”

The plentiful water supply has also triggered new ventures. Water is being used to mould bricks for building houses and to pound maize to sell. Plans are underway to establish a community garden and a fish pond, to generate a better income.

“Hope is important because it makes me work harder so that I achieve what I want to be when I grow up,” Thandolwayo says.

Children arriving at school before 8am

Dear Parents

We have noticed an increased number of children being dropped off at school prior to 8am.

We'd like to remind you that staff duty commences at 8.15am and should your children need to be here early please utilise the serivces of OSHClub. For further information please go to

Kindy and 3 Year Old Kindy Enrolments 2020

Kindergarten Enrolments for 2020

Interviews for Kindergarten 2020 will be happening soon. If your child was born between 1July 2015 to 30 June 2016, they are eligible for Kindergarten in 2020. Parents of children with siblings are urged to ensure their applications have been submitted to avoid disappointment.

3 Year Old Kindergarten Enrolments for 2020

Interviews for 3 Year Old Kindergarten next year will take place later this year. If your child was born between 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017 your child will be able to join the program once they turn three.

Application forms are available from the front office at the school.

School Fees 2019

Thank you to the many families that have already paid or arranged payment of your school fees.

A reminder that school fees are due this Friday 8.3.19 and if paid by this date a 5% discount on the tuition portion of your school fees will be applied (please note the discount does not apply to our 3 year old program). Payments after this date will not qualify for the discount.

If you are not paying your fees in full by the due date your direct debit (or other arrangement) should have already been organised with the appropriate paperwork lodged. If you have not dealt with payment of your fees please ensure that this is done by Friday 8.3.19.

Please forward any queries to and I will respond as soon as possible.

Kind regards,

Dee Papadopoulos (Finance Support)

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