We strive to develop the whole child
At St Jude’s we strive to develop the whole child by providing many opportunities for students to develop a variety of skills in various areas of the curriculum through participation in the following activities:
In addition to the extension programs available to students in each classroom, a selection of students from Year 3-6 participate in a weekly extension programme that focus on challenging students and developing critical and creative thinking skills. This year, students will engage in a number of inquiry based projects. Students will also participate in their first ‘Genius Hour’, an inquiry based approach where students will use critical and creative thinking to invent solutions to everyday problems. This will involve planning, research, developing a prototype and presenting their solutions.
- One Big Voice
One Big Voice has become an important part of the school year and is a highlight for students and teachers. One Big Voice is Australia’s largest children’s choir. Open to all schools, (Years 3-7), Over 7000 students and their families celebrate in joyous affirmation of the life changing power of song in a non-competitive mass choir. During the year, students in our school choir rehearse around 11 songs in preparation for the event. One Big Voice culminates in 2 massive concerts at the RAC Arena in Perth. As Plato said, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”
- School Choir
Our school choir assemble once a week for rehearsals under the guidance of Mrs Gaylor Murray. The school choir performs at a number of events and celebrations during the year such as leading the school during Liturgical celebrations, the One Big Voice festival, assemblies and our end of year Christmas concert.
- Catholic Schools Performing Arts Festival
Students have the opportunity to enter the Catholic Schools Performing Arts Festival each year in an assortment of categories such as the Bible Reading
- Sporting Schools
Each term, students have the opportunity to participate in a number of afterschool sports throughout the year centred around the ‘Play for Life’ philosophy which focuses on creating a safe, inclusive and challenging environment that encourages maximum participation and healthy living.
- Sporting Clinics and Carnivals
During the year, students participate in a number of clinics during their weekly Physical Education lessons. Students also take part in a number of school and interschool carnivals which include sports such as Cricket, Cross Country, Athletics and a Lightning carnival which involves Soccer, Netball and Football.
- Netball Tournament
Students from our upper primary classes have the opportunity to participate in a Saturday netball tournament at the Southern Districts Netball Association (SDNA) on Langford Avenue during a winter and spring season. Students train on the school grounds after school once a week. Our Junior classes have the same opportunity through the NetSetGo programme where our younger students learn skill development through fun and engaging drills and activities.
- Swimming Lessons
Students from Year 1-6 take part in a two week swimming lessons programme run by the Education Department every year. The equips students with important aquatic skills for life in Australia. The programme includes water safety as well as progressive skill development.
Science and Technology
- Afterschool STEM Club
Our afterschool STEM programme allows students from Years 5 and 6 to engage in a number of STEM projects while harnessing their love for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). During these afternoons, students work on various STEM based projects while learning about the science that surrounds them.
Environmental and Sustainability
Our WasteWarriors are a team of students from Years 1-6 who take ownership over the maintainance of our WasteSorted initiatives. Some of the tasks our WasteWarriors carry out include daily maintenance of our worm farm and recycling programmes at our school.