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Welcome, About Us & History

OUR SCHOOL

Welcome

Welcome to Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School, Rockingham.

At Star of the Sea the staff have a passion to ensure that every child has an outstanding education resulting in high literacy and numeracy competency in a safe, caring environment. We are determined to abolish failure learning and provide a success focused learning community where every student matters every day. We provide opportunities that extend and challenge every child to achieve the highest possible standards and their personal best. The staff and I look forward to working in partnership with you. I trust this website will provide you with a wide range of information about our school, its programs, policies and procedures.

Our school is situated in the centre of Rockingham and is easily accessible from the suburbs of Rockingham, Safety Bay, Waikiki, Warnbro, Baldivis, Port Kennedy, Shoalwater Bay, Cooloongup and Leda.

As a West Australian Catholic school we are part of the system of schools supported by Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA). At the local level we are integral in the life of the local parish of “Our Lady of Lourdes.” A fundamental role that goes with that is to provide a faith education for the children of the parish school. We do this by delivering a Religious Education Program using units of work prepared by the Religious Education Section CEWA. These units are used in all WA Catholic schools. The core philosophy of the school is based on Gospel values. Class Masses are conducted on a weekly basis and there are frequent opportunities for the children to receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.

Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School is a triple stream school catering for children in our 3 year-old Early Learning Centre through to Year Six. From July 2019 our Early Learning Centre will be open 5 days per week from 6.00am – 6.00pm. In 2020 our 4 Year Old Kindergarten Program will run for the normal 3 days (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) with 2 additional days (Thursday and Friday) that are optional. The Thursday and Friday programs will be an extension of the Monday to Wednesday program.

We recognise parents as the first and most important educators of their children and parents are strongly encouraged to participate fully in the life of the school. There are many opportunities to do this, for example, by way of offering classroom assistance, volunteering in the canteen and being active members of the Parents and Friends’ Association or the School Board.

With the use of our explicit teaching philosophies we continue in our pursuit of excellence and equity for each student. We have every reason to be proud of the standard of education we offer and this is done in a friendly and caring environment. Every child is encouraged to reach their full potential through a broad curriculum which covers the areas outlined in the WA National Curriculum. The curriculum includes tuition in the specialist areas of Science, ICT, PE, LOTE (Indonesian), HASS (History and Social Sciences) and Music. Support is given to integrating Information and Communication Technology into classrooms across learning areas. There is an instrumental program, a support program for children with learning difficulties and those with special needs. The school is well resourced and there has been a recent upgrade of computer infrastructure and facilities. All classes have up to date technology, and there are excellent sporting and playground facilities with a large oval. Out of School Hours and Vacation Care is available on site.

During 2019 we are engaged in a major Capital Development Plan through CEWA. We will be demolishing 17 classrooms, offices and sheds in the original school and replacing them with 19 state of the art classrooms. The new classrooms will be completed by January 2020 in preparation for the start of the 2020 school year.

I invite you to contact us if you want to make enrolment enquiries and to arrange a meeting to discuss being part of this vibrant and successful school. I trust our partnership will result in your child being happy and successful at Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School.

Kind regards

Mauricio Da Silva

Principal

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About Us

We are a large, Catholic Primary School in Rockingham, south of Perth, the Capital of Western Australia.

The school has been a part of Rockingham since 1948, and has had many improvements and expansions over this time. The current school accommodates nearly 750 students, with a dedicated team of teachers, teaching assistants and administrators. Most Star of the Sea students go on to attend Kolbe Catholic College on completion of Year Six.

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History

In the year of 1948, the sisters of Our Lady of the Missions arrived from Busselton to Peron House in Rockingham.

Peron House consisted of 44 acres and was purchased for the sisters by his Grace the Archbishop Most Reverend Dr Prendiville. It was originally a turtle-canning factory. Turtles were penned at the factory from the North West for meat and soup at the beginning of the 1900s. The enterprise fell through and Peron House was abandoned and used as a guest house prior to the sisters moving there. From 1928-1948, the turtle factory became a visitors’ guest house.

In May of 1948, Peron House opened with the celebration of Holy Mass at the parish church by Reverend Father Holohan. The first pupils of Star of the Sea attended school in July.

The students at Peron House or the turtle factory, as it was locally known, used to swim in the water on the waterfront at Point Peron during lunch and often after school. The school was only 50 yards from the water. Railway tracks, which were used at the turtle factory, were left at Star of the Sea and Peron House as part of the decor.

In 1972, the convent at Point Peron became too small for the use of a school and the new Star of the Sea School was built in Swinstone Street. Three sisters went to live in a house in Hillman and continued teaching at Star of the Sea School. It was blessed by Archbishop Goody and the first Principal was Sr Catherine Brabender.

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History

The first teachers were:

  • Year 1 : Sr Margaret Mary Doherty
  • Year 2 : Mrs Jackie Thomson
  • Year 3 : Mrs Emily Mull
  • Year 4 : Sr Catherine Brabender
  • Year 5 : Sr Mary O’Sullivan
  • Year 6 : Mrs Lyn Levien
  • Year 7 : Mrs Lyn Levien

Mrs Bee was the remedial teacher who taught one day per week. Mrs Wendy Dobra taught on a part time basis per week.

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History

There was a very small population of boys in the upper class. Boys from Year 4 left to go to Christian Brothers College in Fremantle. There were no male teachers. Stage One of the school was built purely with parish money and with no government help. With no church, school Masses were held in the existing Year 5 classrooms.

When Star of the Sea School was built in 1972 a bank loan was raised and all available parish funds were used to help with repayments. The school provided for a total of 210 pupils with 30 children in each grade. Class size was increased to 35 pupils to accommodate enrolments.

The staff was small and there were open learning areas for the children in single stream classes. There was no security needed and worksheets were duplicated on a Gestetner machine. Parents cleaned the windows and the floors. Confirmation was celebrated in the school library.

Bingo was held in the school each Wednesday and funding from this event greatly benefitted the school. It was the only Catholic school in the Rockingham Shire. The children at Star of the Sea were deprived of a lot of aids due to the number of students attending the school.

A new Administration block and Special Ed Unit was blessed and opened on 17th September 1989. In 1993, In 2005 the Administration Block was extended and refurbished. On 10th November 2011, the new Pre-Primary and Year 1 classrooms and refurbished Year 6 classrooms were officially opened and blessed. Star of the Sea School in Rockingham carries out the maxim of St Iranaeus, “The Glory of God is Man Fully Alive”. It is in thanksgiving for the dedication and the missionary spirit that teachers both lay and missionary have given to the education of the Catholic children of Rockingham.