The John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School dual campus school began in 1990 and in a relatively short period of time it has become a dynamic, cohesive community of learners at Beechboro and Mirrabooka.
The potted history is interesting. In 1989 the State Government approached the Anglican Schools Commission with the proposition that it acquire the Northside Christian School at Beechboro. Northside was an independent, parent-run Pre-primary to Year 12 school which had run into financial difficulties.
The Commission took the bold step of taking on the land, buildings and student body and continued to provide a Christian education for families in the area. As part of its mission to provide a low fee option for parents seeking an education in the Anglican tradition for their children, the Commission had already secured a site at Mirrabooka. Thus the link between the schools at Beechboro and Mirrabooka was forged.
In 1990, the Northside Christian School became the Northside Anglican Community School then Thomas Scott Anglican Community School. The opening of the first stage of the Mirrabooka Campus in 1992 saw the transfer of the secondary classes to the new campus.
In the early days, the two schools, while they had one administration and one School Council had separate Parents and Friends Associations and two cultural identities. It took until 1996 to formally merge the Parents and Friends Associations and promote the concept of “two campuses, one school”. This was partly achieved by the decision to drop the name Thomas Scott Campus and to refer to each campus of John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School by its locality.
Today JSRACS has an enrolment of 1940 students from 1276 families. It is by far the largest Anglican School in Western Australia and the student population is expected to peak at 2100 students. The success of the school has been dependent on clearly articulating the values of the school to its students, parents and staff and the establishment of procedures 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 much of the work of building a good school is done and almost everything else flows from this. It’s the quality of the relationships that give rise to the tone of the school.