During the enrolment process, each meeting with a new family begins with an invitation for the parents to share with me,
the reasons they are wishing to have their child enrolled into the St Thomas’ community.
The responses almost universally mention the following three reasons:Sense of community – Most new families currently reside within the Camp Hill area and
have had some point of connection with our community. As a Catholic school, this
connection usually begins in our Parish, where many of the children are baptised. The
involvement in the life of the Parish often leads to other community connections, including
the St Thomas’ Playgroup. Many of our new families also shared with me that they
attended last year’s fete, and felt a wonderful sense of community and high levels of parent
Size of our school community – The size of our community is very attractive for many
new families. Being mid-size, our school remains quite intimate, where each and every child
can grow in a nurturing environment.
Strong reputation – St Thomas’ has a strong reputation of providing a quality Catholic
education in the local community. Our new families are well aware of this reputation, with
‘word of mouth’ proving to be a wonderful source of marketing for the school.
Below is a newly designed version of our Vision and Mission which is shared with our new
families at interview. Whilst the words remain the same, the new design brings a
contemporary look and feel. I include it below for your referral, as a reminder of the
meaningful values and beliefs, that underpin the flourishing life of our school community.