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Another year comes to an end! It only seems like a couple of months ago that the year began with all those bright and eager young faces ready to face whatever challenges lay ahead. Those new shoes have worn out and that bigger uniform size has been grown into all too quickly. Those eager young faces, though, still greet us every day but at this stage they are looking a little more tired and a little more grown up.
Our end of year celebrations are wonderful occasions for our community to come together and celebrate all the joys that have been ours during a successful 2013. Friday evening's Christmas concert and barbecue was a fabulous community celebration that marks the culmination of another year together. Congratulations to all the students who performed so enthusiastically and our heartfelt thanks go to the staff who put precious time into practising the songs and preparing the students so that they entertained us so well on the night.
Special thanks, of course, to Liz Jones, our APRE, who used her very special talents to coordinate the concert. Thank you to those parents, friends and grandparents for coming in vast numbers to enjoy the spectacle. It was a real night of celebration and enjoyment for St. Thomas'.
Special thanks to Morry Clark and his helpers who managed the lighting and the PA system; to the P&F who set up, organised and catered for the many families who enjoyed a social evening together. The evening was another great success.
To be able to celebrate is an extremely important feature of a vibrant community. Celebration is a communal experience of joy, a song of Thanksgiving. Celebrations are a time to thank God for showing this living presence to our community. It reminds us that God is always there watching over us. The gatherings continue!
The Year 7 Liturgy of Thanksgiving and Ceremony of Gratitude will be celebrated on Wednesday 4th December at 6:00pm in the Noble Tree Centre Hall. This is a very important event for our Year 7 students as they commence their departure from primary school into the bigger world that is secondary schools.
We wish them a future filled with peace, challenges and an abundance of God's blessings. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, may they continue to develop in wisdom, perseverance and courage so that they will stand firm in their resolve to be people of hope who are lights for the world.
What a year of fabulous achievements and one of which we can be suitably proud. Congratulations to all involved in the development, nurturing and education of the students. It certainly was a team effort.
We look forward to another busy, exciting and challenging in 2014 as we continue to grow together as a community, but before that we look forward to the holidays ahead…a time to renew and refresh and time to spend together with family.
May the humility of the shepherds, the perseverance of the wise men, the joy of the angels, and the peace of the Christ-child be God's gifts to us and to people everywhere this Christmas time. And may the blessing of the Christ-child be upon us always. Amen God's blessings Lorraine Walker
End of Year Celebration
What a great party we had on Friday night 29th November! We tried some new things, which were generally considered a success. Our Welcome and End of Year Celebrations are a tremendous tradition at St Thomas'. Many thanks to our convenors and helpers.
2014 Fete Committee While we have over 8 people on the Fete Committee for next year, we still do not have a Fete Convenor. Please consider whether you would be able to step-up and take on the role. Unless we fill the position by the end of this year, the 2014 fete will be cancelled, and the loss of knowledge will make the task even harder when the next fete is due in 2016.
P & F Meetings
This years P&F Meeting Dates are available here, or via the Important Dates section, in the left hand column, of this web page.
If you would like something tabled at a P&F meeting,pleaseensurethat you contact us at least two weeks prior so that it can be added to the agenda. If you have any questions about the P&F we can always be contacted through the email account firstname.lastname@example.org.
St Thomas' have now
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