Our History

In the late 1800’s, Jolimont was a tiny suburb, isolated from the rest of Subiaco by the railway line and bush. The only link was a rough track about where Hay Street is now. The blocks were small and cheap and families built their houses using timber from Whittacker's Mill. The closest school was Subiaco Primary which opened in 1897, but it was a long walk for Jolimont children.

After much parent lobbying, Jolimont Primary School (JPS) opened on the present site in 1905. It had one classroom with a mere 26 pupils in the first week. Numbers slowly grew, however, Jolimont has always remained a small school compared to others in the district, such as Floreat, Wembley and Subiaco. This small size has always given the school a reputation for being friendly. 

In its early years, the school was thought of as an outpost, a country school in the city. Its students spent long hours roaming the bush and playing in the swamp that flooded with winter rains. Staff turnover was high with ‘prac’ teachers often undertaking their training before being posted elsewhere. Student absences were also high due to pneumonia, measles, diphtheria, sore eyes, chicken pox and other common diseases of the day.

There was somewhat of a turnaround in the 1950's and 1960's when the school numbers grew to 350 with the post war baby boom and major reconstruction was necessary. The original brick classrooms were comprised in the new school which still reflects its 1950's reconstruction.

The 1980's saw JPS struggle as student numbers dwindled to 97 and the threat of closure was felt. Gladly, through the efforts of many, this trend was reversed and numbers beyond year 2000 have remained between 250 and 300.

Students today have a far greater mix of socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds than in previous decades, reflecting the diverse nature of the housing from its catchment areas of Jolimont, Daglish and part of Floreat. This eclectic mix of families from all walks of life, provides an ideal environment where children can learn about tolerance and diversity.

Jolimont was proud to celebrate it's first centenary in 2005. A special book on the history of the school was published and many activities took place to commemorate the occasion.

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