St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, Pinjarra is a dynamic co-educational primary school catering for approximately 220 students from Pre-Kindergarten to Year Six. St Joseph’s School was founded by the Sisters of St Joseph’s and the work of these sisters and St Mary MacKillop of the Cross is still the foundation of our school. St Joseph's is more than just a school providing for the academic needs of students. We seek to create a God centred educational environment where each school community member is nurtured spiritually, academically, socially and physically. Our school holds a vision that all community members will be seen as God sees them, very precious and abundant in potential. We believe that in a nurturing, Christian, professional environment, individuals will be more likely to recognise their potential and find the incentive and encouragement needed to unleash it. We hold this hope for all community members in our school, the staff, students, parents and parish. Our Motto is Faith and Trust: Together we are developing our faith and trust in God. We are learning to share this with one another.
St Joseph's is committed to raising outcomes in Literacy and Numeracy. Various strategies and priorities are in place such as Literacy and Numeracy support, which is provided across all years to ensure that every opportunity is given for successful learning. Students are offered a comprehensive, stimulating and challenging curriculum, with specialist areas in LOTE: Italian, The Arts, Library and Physical Education which incorporates a Perceptual Motor Skills Program for the Junior classes. In Science we use Primary Connections, Extension Programs. Active After School programs are also provided at St Joseph's along with instrumental music lessons. We have a strong emphasis on the use of Information Technology in all classes, with classes from Pre-Kindergarten to Year Six having access to an Interactive Whiteboard or LCD TV with Apple TV and access to a number of laptops. 55 iPads are distributed across the Early Childhood area from PK-Year Three. The Year Four, Five and Six class are using iPads through a one-to-one program.
Our innovative and dedicated staff work to provide the best possible educational opportunities for students and pride themselves on the quality of education offered. With specially trained teachers in the roles of Key Teacher in Literacy and Mathematics, our Professional Learning Communities provide a rich environment of collegial discussion and collaboration. Our dedicated staff are equipped with excellent models of best practice to make certain that every opportunity is given to raise student achievement.
The School Community
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Pinjarra, values the building of ‘community’ in the educational setting. Like all Catholic schools, we see the education children receive at school as complimentary to that which they receive at home. We see the need for a strong partnership between home and school as essential in assisting students achieves their potential. We ask parents to join our school community and help us to build a community that will benefit all community members. We seek to be a God-centred community based on the values promoted by Jesus.
The Religious Dimension
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Pinjarra, promotes the religious dimension of the school, which refers to the religious life of the school community that complements the religious education taught in classes. The religious dimension is best characterised by our Christian actions towards one another, our practice of our faith, our willingness to forgive each other and ourselves during times of trouble, and our hope for the future. The Religious Dimension of the Catholic school should be that intangible atmosphere of holiness that is felt as one enters the school grounds.
Religious Education Program
As a Catholic school, the Religious Education Programme is a central feature of the school’s daily life and is part of what distinguishes us from other schools. Children in all classes, Kindergarten to Year Six, participate in the Religious Education Program.
The present Units of Curriculum have been developed by the Religious Education section of the Catholic Education Office. The Religious Education teaching process is circular in nature, in which the children are encouraged to discover God through life experience, reflect God as Jesus taught, and respond. The Units are based on Catholic Church teachings and present Gospel values.
The school recognises that parents are the main faith educators of their children, and with the parish, the school seeks to support parents in this role.
As a Catholic school, the Liturgical and Sacramental Program is another central feature, providing school community members with opportunities of responding to God.
Liturgical celebrations occur throughout the year to celebrate occasions of religious significance. Pre-primary to Year Six students attend school masses and liturgies, participating in various ways. Our school masses and liturgies are designed to be inclusive of all children and families regardless of religion. Each class prepares a school mass or once a year. Parents are warmly encouraged to support the school by attending school masses and religious celebrations when they are able. Each class will present a liturgy at Saint Augustine’s Church to which are all invited. This will be followed by an opportunity to spend time in your child’s classroom.
Sacraments of Reconciliation, first Holy Communion, and Confirmation are offered to baptised Catholics during the school year. The parents, parish and school join together to prepare the children for the sacraments of Reconciliation, first Holy Communion and Confirmation.
At the start of each school year, a note is sent home requesting enrolments for that year’s Sacramental Program. Children intending to receive a sacrament during the year and thus be enrolled in the Sacramental Program present their enrolment application to the Priest at a parish Mass. The preparation program includes classroom activities, parent meetings, and some extra curricular work. Parents wishing their child to be baptised are advised to discuss this with the Parish Priest at St Augustine’s Parish, Pinjarra.