Jerdacuttup Primary School is a delightful school with a small but stable student population.
The school, located on the infamous Rabbit Proof Fence, is only 27 km from Starvation Bay and the beautiful coastline of the South Coast, well known for its fishing and camping opportunities.
Approximately 150 km west of Esperance and 50 km from Ravensthorpe, most students within the school's catchment live on farms. The school is serviced by one bus run.
The school has a stable, experienced and professional staff which consists of a Principal, three teachers, one teacher assistant, gardener/handyman, cleaner, manager of corporate services and a library officer.
Jerdacuttup PS has two classrooms, catering for Years K-3 and 4-6. There is also a Pre-Primary/wet area, separate library, separate music room and a large shed used for art and science. Ranging from Kindergarten to Year 6, the children are taught in two classes for key Learning Areas and then combined for the remainder, following the Western Australian Department of Education's developmental curriculum:
A computer laboratory gives networked access to broadband internet and access to an iPad each and almost 1:1 computer. Students and staff have access to a well-resourced library. Children use LOTE (Japanese) online through Centra with SIDE. The school boasts its own green house, worm farm, a waste management program, weather station and a chicken coop. Each student also has a camera and a bicycle to use at school.
A separate administration building was added in 2005 followed by the Library in 2008.
Community involvement at Jerdacuttup Primary School is through the P&C and community groups such as the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council and Ravensthorpe Agricultural Network Initiative (RAIN) group. Local mining businesses also contribute to and support our school by facilitating mine visits and providing expert resources and incursions. In the past, the P & C Association funded many projects, such as an Art shed, library books and new playground equipment for the school.
The school has an interesting history. In 1964 local parents built a stone school where 8 children did lessons by correspondence. Later that year the Education Department appointed a teacher. The school then boasted 10 students. In 1966 a new building was added. The old stone school has been moved from its original location and is now a functional and inspiring music room within current school grounds.
The students live up to their motto of 'Caring and Sharing' and behaviour of students is exemplary. Children feel safe in their learning environment, daring to have a go and strive to achieve their maximum potential.
Jerdacuttup Primary School's purpose is to ensure all students reach their individual potential by providing a safe and stimulating learning environment that develops their knowledge, skills and confidence. Teachers are committed to the welfare and well-being of each student and offer them every incentive to achieve their ultimate potential.