Introducing LJBC Primary
At LJBC Primary our students are valued as curious, capable and collaborative learners with their uniqueness celebrated. In a safe, inclusive and rich learning environment we seek to help our students discover their God-given talents and reach their full potential. LJBC Primary students are encouraged to develop resilience and a sense of personal responsibility whilst being nurtured in a supportive environment. We aim to impart in our students a strong sense of community and fairness, a joyful passion for learning and a desire for excellence. The Primary School provides a firm, solid foundation for students as they start their exciting learning journey at Lake Joondalup Baptist College.
The day to day leadership of the Primary School is provided by the Deans of Primary:
• Mrs Carol Harris - Dean of Primary PK - 2
• Mr Paul Sonneman-Smith - Dean of Primary 3 – 6
The Primary Managers are:
• Mr Jeremy Chappell – Primary Manager Chaplaincy & Community
The Primary Team/House Leaders are:
• Ms Tarryn Needham – PK/PP Team Leader (Cumberland – Green House)
• Mrs Christina Roodt – Year 1/2 Team Leader (Lancier – Orange House)
• Mrs Gillian Smith – Year 3 Team Leader (Arcadia – Gold House)
• Mr Michael Thompson – Year 4 Team Leader (Batavia – Purple House)
• Mr Michael Gaudin – Year 5 Team Leader (James – Red House)
• Mrs Charis Bettinaglio – Year 6 Team Leader (Windsor – Blue House)
In 2017 the Primary School has an enrolment of approximately 570 children from Pre Kindergarten to Year 6, and operates as two sub schools: Pre Kindergarten to Year 2 (Early Years) and Years 3 to 6 (Primary Years)
The Early Years provides for the particular academic, social and emotional needs of children in Pre Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Pre Primary, Years 1 and 2.
The Primary Years provides for the developmental needs of students in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6.
Primary School hours (Years Pre Primary to 6) are daily 8.35am to 3pm. Kindergarten operates for three full days, and hours are 8.30am to 2.45pm. Pre Kindergarten operates for an hour and a half on Mondays.
Year 7 students are educated in LJBC’s Secondary School.
Primary Co Curricular
Primary School after school clubs and activities vary from year to year and will generally include creative writing, cycling, sporting activities, cooking, chess, computing, art and craft, as well as a variety of Christian activities for children.
Before school reading support groups are popular, and the Primary School Library is open to children before and after school and at lunchtime. Primary Years students can often attend after school tutoring programs. Primary School children have opportunity to participate in many special events such as College drama productions, Primary School musicals and concerts, inter house events, discos and social events. Class excursions and year-based camps are special features of the year for older primary children.
In the Primary School, class teachers ensure that children receive age appropriate nurturing, support and guidance. The Primary School Pastoral Care is overseen by the Deans of Primary, who are dedicated to the safety and well-being of all Primary students.
Primary staff strive to ensure that each child is provided with opportunities for social, educational and emotional development in a warm and positive environment. Other staff who provide for the well-being of Primary Children include; College Counsellor, Primary Manager Chaplaincy & Community, Primary Chaplain, Primary Team Leaders, Primary Nurse and Community Health Nurse and other Health professionals.
A ‘buddy system’ is a successful feature of the LJBC Primary School, with Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 students partnered with Early Years students, joining together for positive experiences such as Christmas and Easter activities, Mothers and Fathers Day stalls, and assisting in small groups for activities such as language groups.
The Primary School mascot, LJ the Lion, provides a positive role model and warmly welcomes children back to school, attending assemblies and special events. LJ the Lion is also the face of the Primary School’s anti-bullying strategy.
The Primary School encourages and recognises student achievement and personal effort across a wide range of activities. Awards, medals and certificates celebrating excellence, high achievement and endeavour are presented to students at assemblies and at Presentation Evenings.
LJ the Lion stickers, face to face and email contact and notes to celebrate achievement, as well as the House token system and reward lunches provide encouragement and positive feedback for student achievement and behaviour.