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St. Thomas’ is an inner-city school on the east side of Brisbane. As one of 136 affiliated systemic schools in the Archdiocese, our emphasis is education for the whole child in the Catholic Christian tradition. This means that we value the uniqueness of each person and strive to provide opportunities for their development throughout their individual learning journeys – spiritually, emotionally, socially, psychologically, academically, physically and culturally.
Our school, which commenced in 1929, is an integral part of St. Thomas’ Catholic Parish. Since separating from East Coorparoo in 1927, this parish has been served by the Missionary of the Sacred Heart Priests. The school was started by the Good Samaritan Sisters, who remained teaching here until 2004. In living out our faith justly and with compassion for others, St. Thomas’ continues to reflect the charisms of both of these Orders.
While passersby would notice that St. Thomas’ is a visually appealing and well resourced school, with attractive buildings and grounds, our most notable characteristic is our community. St. Thomas’ is renowned for being friendly, vibrant and welcoming; with supportive and involved parents/caregivers and a commitment to providing a safe, engaging and enjoyable learning environment.
Thank you for visiting our website. We trust that in learning more about our community you will recognise, as we do, why St. Thomas’ is “a heart for mind and spirit”.
One of the noticeable characteristics of our school is the caring relationship that exists between our older and younger students. Before receiving their leadership badges during last Thursday’s school liturgy, the Year 6s led the Preps into the church as a symbolic introduction to St Thomas’.
Well done to the Year 6s who commenced their leadership role so admirably, and to our delightful Preps who, along with the rest of the student body, were so involved and attentive. Year 6, you have made your commitment of leadership at St Thomas’. May God walk with you in all you do during this 2017 school year.
Special thanks to Father Chris who, as our Parish Priest, led us in this liturgy; to Hilary Boxshall and Louise Finlayson (Year 6 teachers); Natalie Bergin, Tish Lee and Beth Carroll (Prep teachers) for their preparation and assistance with this special liturgy.
Thanks also to the many families who joined us – the parents and grandparents of the Year 6s and Preps looked especially proud!
ONE MILLION STARS PROJECT
St Thomas’ has registered in the community arts project One Million Stars to end violence project and the first ‘star-jam was held on Monday with Year 5/6 students. The group weaved over 40 beautiful stars during their lunch break – a terrific effort and great start!
Star weaving will be held every Monday during lunch and students at OSHC can also create a star. If you would like to weave a star at home and need instructions or materials, please contact Helen on firstname.lastname@example.org. Kits can be provided.
The stars will go on display at school in Term 2, before submitting to the Games. For details visit: www.onemillionstars.net. You are welcome to contact the committee in relation to P&F matters via email: email@example.com.
Our inter-house swimming carnival will be held next Tuesday February 28th at Morningside State school pool from 9.15-2.15pm. All students are encouraged to swim in at least two races with other students born in the same year. Students are able to swim in either 25mt or 50mt for each stroke, not in both. There will be some help for students who are not confident in the water. Students do not have to dive off blocks if this is a concern.
All parents and relatives are very welcome to come and cheer at the carnival. I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of parents in terms of volunteering for jobs for the carnival day. THANK YOU to all of our volunteers. A job list has been sent to all parents who volunteered to assist with the carnival. Please turn up at the pool ready to spend the day having fun and making a difference to our children’s lives!!