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 2016. Last Friday evening’s End of Year concert, barbecue and disco was a fabulous community celebration that marked the culmination of another year together. Congratulations to all the students and staff who danced so enthusiastically on the night. Special thanks to the staff of Dancecart (especially Ellie) who have worked tirelessly with the children this term.
Many thanks to those parents, caregivers, family and friends for coming in vast numbers to enjoy Friday night’s spectacle. Special thanks to the P&F and especially, Loretta Jordan-Vieira for her organisation of the barbecue and disco. It was a real night of celebration and enjoyment for St Thomas’.
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 his living presence to our community. It reminds us that God is always there watching over us.
The Year 6 Rite of Passage ceremony was celebrated last night. This is a very important event for our senior students as they commence their departure from primary school into the bigger world of secondary education.
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, justice, perseverance, and courage so that they will stand firm in their resolve to be people of hope who are lights for the world. Our sincere thanks and gratitude also to our Year 5 families and children who organised the delicious supper for our Year 6 leaders, families and friends. This is a wonderful tradition practised here at St. Thomas’.
Our end of year celebration this Friday will commence at 11:00am and will be a Liturgy of Thanksgiving together in the church. We hope many of you are able to join us at this celebration as we bid our Year 6 leaders farewell and acknowledge those staff and families leaving St Thomas’ School. For those families who will leave our school this year please be aware that a certificate will be handed to each family at the last day liturgy on Friday to acknowledge their participation in our school life over the years. It is always pleasing to see whole families represented on this day, but if this is not possible, please ask an older sibling or friend to be present with your child as the certificate is presented.
The liturgy is also a time to give thanks for this 2016 school year and to present our local St Vincent de Paul group with our donations towards Christmas hampers for needy families. As seating in the church is limited, please fill the upstairs area first.
At this time of the year we wish to extend our many thanks to all those who have assisted us throughout the year. The support that our parent body offers is of vital importance to our school and your commitment is very much appreciated. Thank you for the enthusiasm, time and effort that has gone into supporting the students in whatever request we placed for assistance during 2016.
P&F FAMILY CONTACT INFORMATION FORM - NEW FOR 2017!
For 2017 the P&F are trialling the collection of all family contact information electronically. This is the information that would normally be collected manually by your CPR at the start of each year. It only takes 1-2 minutes to fill out and we are asking all families who will continue to be part of the St Thomas’ community in 2017 to complete this form by Monday 5th December. Click here to go directly to the form: Family Contact Information Form.