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Important Dates
(refer to newsletter for details)

18th September
Gala Day for Year 4 to Year 7

19th September
Term 3 ends

6th October
Public Holiday

7th October
Term 4 commences

20th October
Pupil Free Day

23rd October
Volunteer Induction 8.40am

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School Calendar
Sporting Calendar
P&F Calendar


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”.

Community News

Year 4 students recently enjoyed an excursion to Stradbroke Island 'Minjerribah', to attend a presentation by indigenous guide, Matthew Burns, of the Noonuccal people. Sitting under the pandanus, native hibiscus and casuarina trees, this was no ordinary presentation. Matthew spoke passionately and informatively about the culture of his people, both past and present. The children were entranced as their learning in the classroom was brought to life by Matthew's information about family life, celebrations, hunting, tools, and the ways of his people. We then took a walk along the beach, with Matthew pointing out evidence of animal life and plants that were used for food, medicine, toolmaking or weaving. The children made ochre for painting on the beach and saw where present day hunters prepare their catch from the sea.

Before we returned home, the students were treated to a visit to the Stradbroke Island Museum where they learned about the life on the island before and after European settlement. The children are to be commended on the way they have been able to appreciate the perspective of the indigenous people as a result of these experiences.

Gala Day Year 4 to 7 students will be involved in a day of sport for our gala day this Thursday 18th September. The students have chosen to play either AFL or Soccer. There are three different venues for the divisions. There has been one change to the senior AFL competition. The senior teams will now play at Bottomley Park as there are not enough fields at the Coorparoo AFL fields for our junior and senior competition. The senior soccer teams will also play at Bottomley Park. Junior AFL will play at Coorparoo AFL fields in Griffin Park, Birubi Street Coorparoo. The junior soccer teams will play at Wembley Park, Burke Street, Coorparoo.

Students need to be at school on time as the buses will be leaving at 8.40am promptly and will not be waiting for late comers. All students will wear the school sports uniform, including the school hat. It is important for parents to ensure that your children have sunscreen on before they leave for school. Two water bottles would be useful as would a towel to sit on at the playing fields. There is no canteen so all food needs to be taken to the playing venues. Parents are very welcome to come and support.

The day is designed for fun, fitness and friendliness so we hope that all students are able to keep the aims of the day in mind when playing in the competition.

Touch Football Congratulations to all players in our Term 3 competition. You showed some great skills and game play. More importantly we had some great displays of sportsmanship shown throughout the competition. The final results in the senior competition were St Bernard's 2 were the winners and St Bernard's 1 were the second placed team. Our two senior teams played a 7-7 draw in their final. The level of play continually improved. It was a very exciting game to watch. In the junior competition, Mt Carmel won the division with St Thomas' 1 as runners up. St Thomas' won their final match against St Bernard's.

We have been conducting trials for our All Schools touch team. This has proven to be quite a difficult task as we have so many talented touch players. Students who have been selected for the team will be advised by letter on Thursday at the end of the gala day. The return permission MUST be sent back to school on the following day.

Celebrating Catholic EducationP & 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 stthomaspandf@gmail.com.


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Brisbane Catholic Education St Thomas' Catholic School
Principal:  Ms Lorraine Walker

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