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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”.
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY
This month, May, is traditionally in the Catholic Church a month dedicated to Mary, Jesus’ mother. This Sunday we also celebrate Mary, as Mother of God and Mother of the Church. By reflecting on Mary’s example in the Gospels we, too, can be effective “instruments” of Christ to other people, even in mundane daily situations. The old saying that “the warmth of a home comes from the heart of the mother” is a true expression of the constant giving of love and nurture by a mother to her family.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums, grandmothers and those who play a mothering role in our St. Thomas’ community! May your day be as special as you are to your family. Please join the St. Thomas’ parish community at 8.30am Mass on Sunday for a special Mother’s Day celebration led by the youth choir STYPS.
Most parents/caregivers are well aware that NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) is on the horizon for Years 3 and 5. The 2016 dates are 10th, 11th and 12th May. The main purpose of this testing is to gain an overall picture of educational attainment levels that can assist education policies and decision making. Many children don’t stress at the thought of NAPLAN tests, taking them in their stride and wondering what all the fuss is about. However, for others, the pressure of NAPLAN tests can cause anxiety. As parent/caregivers and educators, we can help our students to view the NAPLAN test as a good learning experience rather than a dreaded pressure test. Our latest newsletter includes some tips for you and your child prior to NAPLAN.
Our students will be well prepared for the NAPLAN tests, but it will not be the only focus of each day’s activities, as a school day is filled with many other very valuable opportunities and experiences. The Year 3 and 5 class teachers are to be commended on their work with the students prior to NAPLAN, but we also acknowledge the dedication and professionalism of all our teachers and support staff whose enormous contributions to the students’ learning build the big picture that is St. Thomas’ School.
NEW PARENT PORTAL AND NEWSLETTER
Our Parent Portal launch last week was a smooth and successful one. If you have any problems logging on, please don’t hesitate to contact Gillian (Monday and Tuesday) or Maree (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) in the school office. Many parents/caregivers have already commented that they have enjoyed “having a look around” the portal and accessing information about their child. Remember, access is restricted to parents/caregivers of students at our school and a logon is required.
The minutes of our last meeting are now available in the P&F Section of this website. If you have any questions or feedback to the P&F, please email email@example.com