St Jerome's Newsletter

Week 1 - Term 4 (Thursday 17 October 2019)

Dear Parents and members of our school community

It is such a pleasure to welcome everyone back to school for this last term. The excitement of being back is evident in the great way our children have settled into learning. Their enthusiasm is contagious and really makes our work so enjoyable, with every day bringing something new.

Pre Primary Classrooms

Over the school holidays all three PP classrooms had new double doors installed plus beautiful gabled outdoor patios. As well, wall to wall vinyl flooring was installed. The rooms now look bright, inviting and are vibrant places for learning.

A huge thank you to the staff members who moved furniture in and out so that the job was completed in the holidays. A top team effort!

A Note for your Diary!

Busy Bee - early start 7am - 12 noon

Saturday 26 October

  • Creating a Fairy garden in Kindy
  • Tidying up natural play area
  • Spreading mulch
  • Trimming bushes etc

On a finishing note now that we are back at school, I would like to remind everyone about the importance of a good night's sleep to enhance school performance and positive home and school behaviour.

We know that getting a good night's sleep often comes down to simple routines such as avoiding late night technology use and keeping a regular bed routine.

Bed time reading is often a signal to our brain that it is time to rest and sleep.

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R. I. P. Sophia Hicks

Wife of Stephen Ross and mother to Angela, Zarli and Marissa.

A mother's love is always with her children. Losing a mother is one of the deepest sorrows a heart can know and it is even more so when the mother has very young children.

Sophia had a loving heart for others and it was a privilege to have known her and be blessed by her warm and welcoming presence.

She was a devoted wife to Steve and the most wonderful and deeply loved mother to her three precious daughters.

Her generosity of spirit extended far beyond her own family and she was wonderfully supportive of St Jerome's, serving as P&F President for two years. She and Steve were always the first to offer their help at school events such as Busy Bees, Quiz Nights, Family Fun nights and so many other occasions.

She has left us a wonderful example of how to live your life for others.

We will honour her memory by trying to show these same qualities of kindness, understanding and care in the ways we support Steve and the girls through the coming months and years.

We offer this prayer for Steve, Angela, Zarli, Marissa and all Sophia's extended family.

May the Lord bless you and keep you in this time of sorrow, reminding you of treasured memories, and the gift of shared love.

May he inspire you with reflections of heaven on earth, in the ocean's waves, the whispering breezes and the majestic mountains. And may you feel the Lord with you, walking beside you in the loneliness, taking your hand in the hardest times and carrying you through the waters of grief.

May you be safe and treasured in his hand.

May Sophia's dear and sweet soul rest in peace.


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Helen O'Toole


Plastic Bottle Tops Collection and Plastic Bread Tags Collection

Envision Hands – Collection of Plastic Bottle Tops

Thank-you very much to everyone who is supporting this project by bringing in plastic bottle tops. We are collecting a huge amount (5 car loads have been delivered so far) and that means a lot of hands being made for children in need plus we’ve stopped a lot of plastic from being harmful to the environment.

As we continue supporting this cause, please only bring in clean plastic tops from drink bottles, milk bottles (the plastic ring can be recycled too!) and the screw off tops from yoghurt pouches are OK but other plastic is just overloading the Envision project at the moment. We don’t need any metal bottle tops either thank-you. Take a look at the project at>envision-hands.

Wheelchairs for South Africa - Collection of Plastic Bread Tags

We are also excited to announce that we can collect and help recycle plastic bread tags now too. There is a separate collection box in the front office. These tags will be used to provide wheelchairs for people in need in South Africa. The tags are given to the charity Bread Tags for Wheelchairs and then sold to people set up to recycle them and

Thank you!

Carol Hoare


School Photos next Wednesday and Thursday

Dear Parents,

Our school photo day is coming next week! This week every student received a Kapture Photography personalised flyer to bring home. The only method of ordering your photos is online through Kapture’s website as your payment is secure and can be easily verified at any time.


Late requests cannot be granted.

You have the option to order a sibling photo package online, however please note sibling orders will close in most instances at midday sharp on Tuesday 22 October. We suggest you place your sibling order as soon as you receive your flyer with your order instructions as places are limited.

You can place an order online for class or individual photographs at any time for the remainder of the current school year. However, a $15 fee will apply if you order more than 10 days after photography.

If your child is in a sports or special group photo, you can use the same school code on your information flyer to view and order these photos on Kapture’s website, around the time that school photos are ready to be delivered. Please note class groups, individual and sibling portraits are not available to view online.

Kapture offer a money back guarantee for any parent who is not fully satisfied with their photo package. Should you have any queries before or after photo day, please direct them to the Kapture office on

9240 1714 or email

All students will be photographed individually on photo day for school administration records AS WELL as included in their class group photo available for purchase to all families. Should there be any reason why your child should NOT be included in the photo shoot, please contact the school office.

Some classes will have sport on photo day but we ask that you send your children in their formal uniform for the day. Mrs Crosby will make accommodations for this during sport time.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Carol Hoare

Photo Schedule

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Congratulations Oscar!

Oscar B from 5 Red, has been crowned the State Champion for trampolining, winning the title for the second year in a row. He has been selected to represent Western Australia in Melbourne next year for the National Championships. This is a prestigious victory and St Jerome's will be right behind him as he takes on the other states in 2020. The school community congratulates Oscar on this incredible achievement.

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Interschool Athletics Carnival Schedule

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Netball Halloween Disco - 25th October

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Koju Karate classes in the School Hall

Perth Goju Karate teaches karate classes at St Jerome’s Catholic Primary School, in the school hall.

A special offer for St Jerome’s students - 4 WEEKS FREE beginners karate lessons!

Classes are held after school on Monday’s and are a great way for children of all ages to learn self-defense in a fun and safe environment.

We also teach classes for teens and adults and they are fantastic for fitness, wellbeing and of course, self-defense.

Students who attend the schools on-site After Care are collected and taken to the class in the hall and returned to After Care when their class is finished.

Classes continue over the school holidays (with a short break over the Christmas period) which makes it perfect for the kids who are looking to try something on the holidays.

Karate has many benefits which include confidence, respect, discipline and fitness.

Call now to take advantage of this 4 week trial.

Sensei Johnny Moran - 0402 830 402

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The Council for Australian Catholic Women (Perth) invite you to hear New Testament lecturer, Dr Michele Connolly RSJ at two free events in Perth.

Michele is a Sister of St Joseph of Lochinvar NSW and has studied in Melbourne, Chicago and Berkeley. She has taught at the Catholic Institute of Sydney since 2001.

Friday 25 October 6-9pm - WOMEN in the CHURCH: REFLECTIONS FROM THE NEW TESTAMENT - men and women invited. Light refreshments served from 5.30pm.

Saturday 26 October 9.30 - 4pm - WOMEN and the GOSPEL OF MARK: INSIGHTS FOR TODAY - a day for women. Light refreshments served from 9am. Light lunch included.

Both events will be held at James Nestor Hall, Catholic Education Office 50 Ruislip St Leederville.

RSVP by 21 October. Email:; Phone: 08 9397 5988; SMS: 0400 886 835.

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