John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School (JSRACS) is a two campus school. There is a Kindergarten to Year 6 campus in BLACKBOY WAY, BEECHBORO and a Kindergarten to Year 12 campus in BOYARE AVENUE, MIRRABOOKA. There are approximately 1,000 students in the primary years of schooling (500 on each campus) and 1,000 in the middle and senior secondary years of schooling.
John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School is a school of the Anglican Schools Commission. The Commission is charged with the establishment of Anglican schools made accessible to local communities through an affordable fee structure. Christian faith and the nurturing of the human spirit are at the core of an education at JSRACS. The success of the school lies with students, parents and staff having a clear understanding of the School's values, and practices that make those values as tangible as the bricks and mortar that make up the buildings. We have a strong focus on pastoral care and believe that if we take good care of this aspect of the curriculum then almost everything else flows from this. It’s the quality of our relationships that give rise to the tone of the school.
The facilities and grounds on both the Beechboro and Mirrabooka campuses are of an exceptionally high standard. The gardens and buildings are well maintained and attractive and the school provides a sophisticated technological environment. We have a reliable wireless system throughout the school and all classrooms are equipped with SmartBoard technology. Departments have access to class sets of laptop computers and more are available for occasional use from the library.
The Beechboro Campus caters for students from Kindergarten to Year 6; it provides well equipped classrooms, a gymnasium, specialist music suite, large science room, art room, two playing fields and several hard courts.
The Mirrabooka Campus caters for students from Kindergarten to Year 12 in a carefully structured learning environment. The Primary has its own science and art facilities, an oval and playgrounds, and a gymnasium was completed in 2010. The ground floor level of the Library is for the use of Primary classes although they have access to the whole collection. Many of the classrooms have been recently built and feature large break-out spaces where students can gather to work creatively and energetically!
The Middle Years of Schooling boasts a six classroom Year 7 suite and a Years 8 and 9 Learning Community building. These buildings cater specifically to the needs of young adolescents and complement the facilities of the whole secondary school, that include a Performing Arts Centre with a 200 seat theatre, dance studio and specialist music classrooms; a gymnasium with two indoor courts, weight centre and climbing wall; four hard courts and two ovals; a media centre, commercial kitchens in the Food and Technology Centre; an Industrial Arts Centre equipped with CAD computers; and a bright and spacious two storey library.
Under the guidance of encouraging staff, students can choose to compete in a wide range of interschool sporting competitions including Australian Rules Football, Soccer, Basketball, Netball, Baseball, Hockey, Badminton, Cricket, Volleyball, Athletics and Swimming. We compete in A Division in ACC Athletics and in C Division in ACC Swimming.
DOWNLOAD THE ARTS CALENDAR above right to get some idea of the thriving Arts scene at JSRACS. Music, Dance and Drama provide co-curricular opportunities for hundreds of students; every year we produce a fully staged musical; over 600 students play in bands and ensembles or sing in choirs; the annual Choreography Night plays to packed houses for four nights.
Those who hanker after distant places may head off to Bali, Cambodia or the Northern Territory. The LOTE Department offers frequent opportunities for language students to travel to either Indonesia or Italy as well as involving JSR students in the exchange student programme by hosting dozens of overseas students.
The co-curricular programme also contains a community service element which encourages compassion and civic responsibility in our students. Year 11 and 12 students may participate in the Youngblood Youth Donor Programme run by the Australian Red Cross, others may have their head shaved for Me No Hair Day or fast for the Forty Hour Famine. Our students collect food for Anglicare, shake collection tins for Daffodil Day, buy red paraphernalia on Red Nose Day and support two children through World Vision.
The children at JSRACS have been hugely successful in raising money for overseas projects. Through the annual "I Give" programme they raised close to $20000 last year for projects in under developed countries and cancer research. Caring for others does not stop at the school gates.
THE CHORISTER SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMME established in 2008, provides the opportunity for students to gain a specialised education in choral singing. Choristers gain world-class musical skills, similar to those in musical establishments within the Anglican tradition, which enhance their broader education. The Chapel Choir Programme provides JSRACS and the wider community with a distinguished choir that will enhance Anglican worship, continue the musical traditions of the Anglican Church and develop the culture of choral singing. The Chapel Choir is affiliated with the RSCM.
After an audition process, students are selected to participate in the programme based on:
• Vocal and musical ability,
• Academic suitability,
• Willingness of family to support the child’s involvement.
Students in the Chapel Choir Programme form a class of 18 students consisting of three boys and three girls from Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6. All lessons, activities and resources are provided by the school. There is no cost to families when a student is enrolled in this programme. Students who receive a choral scholarship remain fully involved in the programme until the end of Year 6. There is a strong expectation that students will continue singing in the Chapel Choir until the end of Year 12.
THE YEAR 2 STRING PROGRAMME provides each student in Year 2 with a size appropriate violin, viola or cello and they participate in weekly group lessons with specialist Music teachers.
THE YEAR 5 BAND PROGRAMME provides each student in Year 5 with an instrument such as a saxophone, trumpet, clarinet or flute and they participate in weekly group lessons with specialist Music teachers. Each of the Year 5 classes forms a complete concert band and the end of year concert is a joy to behold!