Thank you for the year that has been. We have been blessed to be able to work with an incredible group of teachers, school officers, parents, community members and students. Liz, Penney and I have just finished reading all 327 student reports and believe 2017 has been a year of enormous academic and personal growth for our students on so many different levels. Some of the examples of growth include: - the young students have learnt how to write in full sentences; skip count; attempt an approximation at spelling unfamiliar words; write poems; created art and craft masterpieces and learnt many new words in Italian. The older students have mastered two digit multiplication; written persuasive texts and poems; competed in cross country; attended their first school camp and addressed the school assembly for the first time.
What a year of fabulous achievement and one of which we can be suitably proud. Congratulations to all involved in the development, nurturing and education of the students. It certainly was a team effort.
Our end of year celebrations are wonderful occasions for our community to come together and celebrate all the joys that have been ours during a successful 2017. Last Friday evening’s Christmas concert, barbecue and disco was a fabulous community celebration that marked the culmination of another year together. Our heartfelt thanks to the staff who put precious time into practising the songs and preparing the students so that they performed so well.
Many thanks to those parents, caregivers, family and friends for coming in vast numbers to enjoy Friday night’s spectacle. Special thanks to the P&F for their organisation of the barbecue and disco. It was a real night of celebration and enjoyment for St Thomas’. To be able to celebrate is an extremely important feature of a vibrant community. Celebration is a communal experience of joy, a song of Thanksgiving. Celebrations are a time to thank God for showing his living presence to our community. It reminds us that God is always there watching over us.
Yesterday afternoon’s Dance Cart concert to showcase our Term 4 Arts Program (dance) was a wonderful event. The students…and staff !performed so enthusiastically and it was a most enjoyable spectacle.
On Wednesday night (29th) the Year 6 students will attend their graduation. The evening involves a thanksgiving liturgy and a graduation ceremony and is a very special night for these students and their families; full of wonderful memories, a tinge of sadness and hope for the future. Each of these students is a leader in their own particular way; however their legacy will be the kindness, generosity and dedication that they displayed on a daily basis.
We wish them a future filled with peace, challenges and an abundance of God’s blessings. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, may they continue to develop in wisdom, perseverance and courage so that they will stand firm in their resolve to be people of hope who are lights for the world. We congratulate our Year 6 Leaders of 2017.
ST THOMAS' ST VINCENT DE PAUL
St Thomas' St Vincent de Paul group would like to say thanks very much to the staff, students, parents and friends of St Thomas' school who helped in any way towards the provision of the lovely array of goods available for sale at the Craft for Causes Stall. You were wonderful in your response in terms of buying too and your generosity went a long way towards the record amount of funds raised- $3,500.
Also, thank you for your kindness and flexibility in taking on the challenge of major fund-raising rather than donating Christmas hamper items. Be assured that those we help over Christmas holidays will be really delighted with the help you have been able to provide and the innovative ideas you have come up with to raise funds for us.
Wishing you every blessing for a safe and Happy Christmas and holiday.
Chris Harding on behalf of St Thomas' St Vincent de Paul
UNIFORM SHOP OPENING HOURS
The shop will open 8am – 8:45am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday until the end of term.
Opening days in January 2018 are: Friday 19th January 1pm – 3pm and Monday 22nd January 7am – 9am