We, at St Thomas' School embarked on our Visible Learning journey. Visible Learning is a BCE supported initiative that explores how evidence can be used to create innovation in the learning environment and know what actually works best in schools to improve learning.
This first stage involves teaching and knowing the characteristics of a 'good learner'. Each Wednesday our whole school comes together for a Visible Learning assembly when the characteristics of a good learner at St Thomas' are taught and presented. This is followed up in each of the classrooms by looking for teachable moments which show one of the characteristics. Awards are also presented during our Thursday school assembly reflective of characteristics already launched. You may wish to use our 'characters' at home to further support your child's learning journey.
Bob Bounce Back
When we show the try again attitude; when we have another go; when we stick with it, even when things get tough; when we make a mistake or don't get what we want but pick up and keep going.
Being prepared; having all we need to begin a task; knowing where to go next to complete a job; starting early and not leaving things until the last minute.
Being friendly and welcoming; working with others; not always being the boss; playing by others rules; working as part of a team; sharing requirements; listening to other points of view; being ready to admit that other ideas are as valid as our own.
Together these characteristics, plus those to come, assist us to be 'good learners' at St Thomas'.
SOCTOBER: SOCK IT TO POVERTY
October is World Mission Month and our focus is to support the crucial work of the Jamaican Catholic Church. Our school and the other Catholic schools in the Brisbane Archdiocese will play an integral role in helping people turn away from violence and crime to seek a new future through the power of education and the spirit of Jesus Christ.
Sadly Jamaica is a nation deeply troubled and many communities across Jamaica live in constant fear. Archbishop Coleridge and our own Pam Betts endorse our Catholic schools actively supporting the work of Catholic Mission. With your support we, the St Thomas' school community, can help the youth of Jamaica grow up to be fully alive and achieve their dreams of a positive and hope filled future.
The Helping Hands Group, under the guidance of our Year Five teachers, Ms Dilley and Miss Langmaid, will lead the fundraising campaign around the theme of 'Soctober: Sock it to poverty'. Lock in the date: Wednesday, 22nd October for a fun happening at St Thomas'.
This year’s disco will be held on Friday, October 24 from 6pm - 8pm in the Noble Tree Centre Hall. The disco is for students in Years Five, Six and Seven. The theme this year is ‘Behind the Mask’. The tickets for this year’s disco will be $7.00 each. You will be able to purchase them during lunchtime in the undercover area between now and the day of the disco. No tickets will be sold on the night. The money raised will be donated to charity. Children are encouraged to come dressed according to the theme.
P & F NEWS
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, please ensure that 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 email@example.com.
Annual General Meeting The P&F AGM is only a month away- Monday 10th November. We have a General Meeting at 7pm, and the AGM will be held immediately afterwards, at approximately 8pm. At the general meeting we will be discussing our financial commitments for 2015. This year's Committee has also come up with further improvements for next year, which will be outlined. The AGM will have annual reports from the Principal, President, Tuckshop Convenor and Treasurer. The new committee will be elected, and we will celebrate with few drinks afterwards. Keep it free! Siobhan Carroll, P&F President firstname.lastname@example.org
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