St Jerome's Newsletter

Week 8 - Term 3 (Thursday 10 September)

St Jerome’s Primary School acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Owners and Elders, both past and present, of the lands on which this school is located.

Dear Parents and members of our school community

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We wish every blessing to all our Year 4 students and the Parish children who will be making their First Holy Communion over this weekend. We thank the families for their patience and understanding as we worked through all the restrictions imposed upon us in this COVID-19 year.

I would also like to thank our Year 4 teachers, Mrs Carol Hoare and John & Soly Fernandez who have worked with the children for the past few months, preparing them to receive this holy sacrament. May the Lord who is ever present in the Eucharist, be the source and summit of the abundant love of God in your lives.

Birth of Mary - 8th September

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Afternoon Drive-Through and Parking

As I have mentioned before, there have been numerous complaints made to the City of Cockburn about the long line up of cars in Rockingham Road from 3.00pm - 3.20pm. There is a perceived risk of an accident occurring when drivers attempt to pass the queue of drive through cars. There is a genuine concern and as considerate community members, it is one we must consider.

Next Thursday, the three City of Cockburn councillors will meet with Parish Council, School Board and P&F members to observe the parking and drive-through procedures from 2.45pm to 3.45pm.

Timothy Crane, the City of Cockburn engineering technical officer has noted that from 3.10pm to 3.25pm there are more than enough available car spaces for parents to drive in, park and collect their children.

I have been tallying up the number of cars that use drive-through and the average number is around 75. Prior to the COVID-19 "no parents on school grounds rule", this number was lower because parents did park, walk and pick up.

I earnestly ask parents to do the following:-

  1. Stagger your afternoon arrival time till after 3.20pm.
  2. Kindy parents are asked to collect their children and leave promptly so more car bays are free from 3.05pm.
  3. If there is a queue of cars beginning along Rockingham Road, drive into the car park either via Troode Street or from Rockingham Road and find a car bay.
  4. Respect the speed limit and be very careful of pedestrians and other cars.

At our meeting, we will be exploring ways the Council and Main Roads may be able to improve Rockingham Road plus have a close look at the entrances, exits and traffic directions of the car park.

I thank the 227 parents who have completed the Road Safety Survey and especially the 98 parents who took the time to add in their very valuable comments. The survey is still available until 18th September. To access this survey click on the Microsoft Forms below.

Helen O'Toole


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MJR Focus - to be a ‘Team Player’ both at home and at school.

Our MJR focus for the rest of the term is to be a ‘Team Player’ both at home and at school.

Being a Team player at home and at school - working together and cooperating makes life easier.

Here is a You Tube clip you can share with your children.

The Power Of TeamWork Good TeamWork

Lifelink - Lapathon Money

Thank you to all those families who have so generously supported our Lifelink Lapathon and already sent in their sponsor/ donation money. We will be sending the money to the Appeal very soon so if you have not already sent it in, your assistance with this would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks

An example of Servant Leadership in our School

Our Student Councillors are cleaning the shoes of all our students in the school this week. Just as Jesus washed the feet of his Apostles, our Student Councillors are following the actions of Jesus.

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Carol Hoare

Assistant Principal Religious Education

Parent Teacher Interviews begin next week

Dear Parents,

Parent-Teacher interviews will be held for years Pre-Primary to year 6 from 14th September to 25th September

Interviews will be of 10 minutes duration.

Using this system you will be able to book the interview times that suit you best from any internet-connected computer.

Please access the system as follows:

Click “Obtain PIN/Password” and enter your email address.

Your PIN will be emailed to you.

  • Full instructions are provided to you after log in. Please note the following points:
  • When you log on, the system displays only your own child/children. Bookings are made for individual parents/guardians, not for couples. Couples can however log on to the system simultaneously to coordinate bookings. If two parents/guardians wish to attend a single interview time slot, one parent/guardian should make the booking then both can attend.
  • You will only see time slots that are available at the time you are using the system. As time slots are booked for teachers, those time slots are no longer displayed as available. PTO prevents double-booking of teachers or parents/guardians.
  • When you have made all the bookings you require, you can download or email a report of your bookings in time order for printing. You can log in and change bookings any time up to 1 day before the interviews.
  • If you see this symbol displayed along side the class name, it means this teacher recommends that you book an interview.
  • Other parents may be making bookings at the same time that you are using the system. It is possible, though unlikely, that a time slot is displayed to you as available, but is then booked by another parent shortly afterwards. If you then attempt to book this time slot it will not be available and a message will be displayed to indicate this.
  • If you encounter any problems using PTO please contact the school office by phone on 94999500 or by email to

Yours sincerely

Carol Hoare

If you have not already organised an interview with your child’s class teacher, please use the link below to the school portal and then click on the PTO link to make a booking.


Many factors can contribute to someone feeling low. It isn’t always easy to know whether someone is OK, particularly if they haven’t talked about it or children have yet to recognise the importance of changes in behaviour. However, there are signs children can become familiar with which could indicate that a friend may not be OK. The first thing to look out for is changes in behaviour. When people feel low, they often:

  • Withdraw from their family and friends
  • Lash out at people and get angry and upset easily, including towards the people they care about
  • Cry or become emotional
  • Lose interest in activities and things they usually love
  • Have changed sleeping patterns. They might be sleeping all the time, not sleeping much at all, or sleeping at strange hours (such as in the middle of the day)
  • Have a changed appetite. They could be eating more than usual, or less.

How can children help?

Children cannot be expected to fix someone’s problems, nor the best way to help and support.

However, they can be encouraged to listen to what their friend is saying, let them know they care and tell a teacher or trusted adult if they are worried about a friend.

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Great Book Swap Challenge

Congratulations and thank you to all those students who donated their pre-loved books and those that bought a pre-loved book for a gold coin donation. St Jerome’s raised $435.95 for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation who support remote communities to purchase new reading materials.

Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum - Parent Tips

Tip #11 – When going into a crowded or unfamiliar place, have an emergency plan in case your child becomes separated or lost. Talk about who would be the best adult to speak to when needing assistance; a police officer, security guard, a lady with a pram, a shopkeeper.

Tip #12 – Teach your child the Three Safety Questions they need to ask themselves before doing any unsupervised activity:

  1. Do I get a yes or no feeling from this?
  2. Does an adult I live with know where I am?
  3. Can I get help if I need it?
Vanessa Alaniz

Assistant Principal Curriculum

Behaviour Management Policy and Procedures

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Knitting Club

Term 3 Knitting Club is drawing to a close for 2020.

If you are one of the generous people who are knitting squares to make a rug or beanies for babies, could you please send them in to school before the end of the term.

With thanks

Joanna Roper

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Book Club – Issue 6 (2020)

Book club orders must be finalised online

By Friday 11th September

Any orders placed after this date will incur a delivery fee and be delivered to your home.

Please use LOOP on scholastic website.

No cash payments or paper orders taken

Catalogues for Issue 6 have been handed out to classrooms.

St Jerome's Day Celebrations

St Jerome's Day takes on a 'new look' this year.

  • We will celebrate Mass outdoors down at the back of the oval.
  • Each class is organising a stall so that we can enjoy a mini-fete. Funds raised will be directed to Caritas Australia. Families may be asked to supply certain goods to assist. All stalls will cost no more than a silver coin.
  • If your child does not enjoy a sausage in a bun, send their own packed lunch on this day.
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P&F News

Father's Day Raffle Results

$500 Crown Voucher

Alexander M (KR)

$50 Bunnings Vouchers

Daisy H (5R)

Beau T (2R)

Outdoor Heater

Declan F (1R)

$50 AllKleen Voucher

Chevie C (3B)

Dio M (5R)

$50 Ultimate Cards

Grace M (5G)

Lucas M (5G)

Levi M (5G)

Marco D (2R)

$50 Coogee Deli Voucher

Akshay D (4B)

$45 Kingsman Barbar Lounge

Alana H (PPG)

$50 Fanbase Collectables Voucher

Cruze C (PPG)

Garrick S (1R)

Congratulations to our winners and a big thank you to those companies who donated prizes.

Sports News

St Jerome's Athletics Carnival - Friday 18 September

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Interschool Cross Country

Congratulations to our students who represented St Jerome's so well at yesterday's Interschool Cross Country Carnival at Manning Park. It was a spectacular day with every student trying their very best.

Our school was placed 4th overall. Jake K (3R) was awarded Year 3 runner Champion Boy.

Year 5 girls were awarded overall highest team score.

Christian L was the Year 6 champion boy.

Special thanks go to Mrs Crosby and Miss Hartley for all their wonderful preparation of our students.

Having so many enthusiastic family members cheering on the children really added to the sense of fun.

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Kids Nature Club

Nature Detectives is our drop & leave holiday program for kids aged 5-10yrs. Running from 9am-3pm we have 2 dates currently available. Meet our minibeasts, explore the outdoors with bugs hunts and frog forages. Kids can spend the day play outdoor games and sports or nature crafting to their hearts content.

You can find more information about our holiday program at our website:

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