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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”.
CELEBRATION OF LEARNING
Yesterday afternoon, parents, teachers and students came together for our Celebration of Learning, drawn by the common thread that binds us - our students’ education.
And what a celebration! It was wonderful to see so many families visiting classrooms, and taking time to explore displays, bookwork and digital creations. Last night it was our learners who led their families to view completed activities and artwork, and to discuss goals, achievements and progressions. I was witness to intense conversations, joy shared in achievements made, and pride shown in the effort that has been invested so far this year. Families were welcomed, and took time to discover our learning areas, in an unhurried and relaxed way. For our teachers, seeing the children’s learning through their parents’ eyes is a valued perspective.
What was viewed yesterday can be seen as markers, signposts in our students’ journey. At this stage of the year, it is very much a snapshot of learning. We have to remember, however, that while valuing these achievements, the product of learning, we recognise the process that has occurred to arrive at the finished task - all of the revising, the effort, the hard work and the ‘bouncing back’ that has brought us to this point in time. While recognising what our students are learning, we also value the importance of how our students are learning. We aim to develop not only skills, but capabilities, values and dispositions - tools that our learners will be able to apply to any learning situation in their life.
As teachers and parents we dream that our students will foster a love for learning that they will experience throughout their lives. May the joy and excitement that comes with learning in their primary school years be sustained in their future paths. So let’s celebrate this moment in time and look forward to the next stage of our endeavours, together as partners, to lay the foundations for a bright future for all our learners.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org