What a fabulous event was our Dance Cart Concert today and a real celebration of all our talented, confident, joy-filled students. Congratulations to all the students on their amazing dances. The audience of students, teachers, parents, grandparents and friends were thoroughly impressed by the fun-filled performances that showcased the skills learnt during this term's Dance Cart dance lessons – one aspect of The Arts Curriculum. Certainly a highlight of this final week of the semester for all involved.
Last Thursday, 18th June, St Thomas' had 4 teams competing in the Inter-school Brisbane South Primary Chess Tournament at Stretton State College. It was noted that all students are improving their standard of play and performances due to regular lessons and games at the Tuesday afternoon chess club and steadily gaining tournament experience. Our premier team competed successfully in the highest division and achieved 4th place, narrowly missing out on a medal position by half a point.
Congratulations to all our players for applying their chess skills and concentration in the competition. Keep up the good work young chess players! Thank you to the parents for assisting with transport and support on the day.
In the St Thomas' Library, we are counting down the weeks until, the best week of the school year…. "Book Week"! Officially, Book Week this year will be celebrated nationally between 22 - 28 August. On occasion, we choose to be flexible with our timed celebration of Book Week, so that we can fit in best with the school calendar, and most importantly so that we can make the most out of this special week! This year, St Thomas' Book Week will be held in Week 9 of Term Three (7 – 11 September). The theme for 2015 is "Books Light up Our World" and it is an especially big celebration this year as the Children's Book Council of Australia celebrates 70 years of book promotion.
We believe that Book Week is a wonderful opportunity to encourage and reinforce our reading culture at St Thomas'. We know that it inspires conversations about our favourite stories and reading materials; that it sparks interest in varied genres of books and new ways of exploring literature; it engages children in shared and connected experiences with literacy and importantly, it supports the Australian Curriculum general capability of literacy and recognises it as an essential skill and the foundation for students to becoming successful learners in all learning areas. In this context, we know that our community will help to support our very important and special week!
Term 2 Fun Day Don't forget to get your tickets for the P & F End of Term 2 Fun Day on Friday 26th June. This is shaping up to be another wonderful event for our kids, and a fantastic way to wrap up the term. Tickets on sale via Flexischools until Thursday 18th June (no tickets sold on the day). Be there!
St Thomas' Foundation Fun Fair - 4th September As many families would be aware we have moved the school fete to a biennial event so 2015 is a 'fete-free' year! With this in mind, the school community have decided to take the opportunity to celebrate an important part of St Thomas' history – 'Foundation Day'. The foundation stone was laid by Archbishop James Duhig on the 6th September, 1936 and the new school opened its doors on 17th January the following year.
To celebrate this day we will be having a Foundation Fun Fair during school hours on Friday, 4th September. The day will start with a Liturgy, followed by fun games and simple activities for all the children to participate in. The focus of this day is a celebration of our school's history and some fun for the children rather than the large scale fundraising of the fete.
If any parents would like to be involved in helping organise the day please let Kathy Pentland know either via email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions about the P&F, please contact me, Rich, on 0414 676 685 or Allannah on 0416 263 640, and we will endeavour to answer them for you. We can also be contacted via email@example.com
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