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13th to 17th November
Book Fair - Parish Hall
Prep Orientation Morning
9am to 10am
Prep Excursion Lone Pine Sanctuary
Learn Music Instrumental Students -
Concert 4.30pm Noble Tree Centre
Christmas Concert &
End of Year BBQ 6pm
Dancecart Concert 1.30pm
Rite of Passage 6pm
Final Liturgy 11am
School finishes at 12noon
Welcome to our website...
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”.
Last Friday our school community came together in a special assembly to acknowledge our students’ learning journey for 2018. Celebrating the learning of their students, each teacher presented a snapshot of the ‘Remarkable Moments’ that have been encountered this year.
To mark the occasion, we were joined by representatives from Brisbane Catholic Education, Ms Simone Flanderka, Education Officer, Curriculum, and Ms Megan Djelovic, Education Officer, Inclusive Education, who assisted in the presentation of certificates to a student from each class.
It was appropriate to pause on this day, in solidarity with schools throughout the Brisbane Archdiocese, to reflect on the effort made by each individual student. While we recognise the progress made by all, we also acknowledge that each child’s path of learning is as individual as each of our students. Each child’s challenges will be very different to another child, and so too are the times when success is realised.
John Dewey is quoted as saying, “We do not learn from experience, we learn from reflecting on experience”. As our year of learning draws to a close, it is important to take time to consider the
many remarkable moments that have brought us to this point in time. Our celebration last week was the time to do this, and in doing so, to appreciate the combined efforts of those in our community who support our vision and mission, to “educate and inspire our students” in many and varied ways.
ST VINCENT DE PAUL CHRISTMAS APPEAL
This year our community is once again supporting the St Vincent De Paul’s Christmas Appeal. The response to the Cadbury Chocolate Box Drive has been overwhelmingly successful, with a total of 94 boxes ordered in total! Thank-you for your generosity in supporting the wonderful work that St Vincent de Paul continues to carry out in our local community. Congratulations to our Senior Leaders and their teacher Mrs Louise Finlayson, for their efforts in leading this fundraiser!