St Thomas' News
03 February 2022
TERM ONE 2022
Thursday 3 February - Parent Information Evening K-6 CANCELLED
Friday 4 February - Whole School Beginning of the Year Mass PP - 6 (children & staff only)
Tuesday 8 - Friday 11 February - Year 6 Camp
Friday 18 February - P & F Sundowner (postponed)
Tuesday 22 February - Advisory Council Meeting 7pm
Friday 4 March - Disco K-6
(Full 2022 term dates at the end of this newsletter)
A Prayer to Begin the New School Year
God of wisdom and might,
we praise you for the wonder of our being, for mind, body and spirit.
Be with our children as they begin this new school year.
Bless them and their teachers and staff.
Give the strength and grace as their bodies grow; wisdom and knowledge to their minds
as they search for understanding; and peace and zeal to their hearts.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Parents and Caregivers
A warm welcome to all our families for the start of a new school year. I hope you had a wonderful holiday break. It has been so lovely to see our students return to school with smiles. We have enjoyed listening to, and sharing their holiday stories.
New Families & Staff
A warm welcome to all our new Pre-Kindy and Kindy students and their families. We also welcome students and their families, who have joined us in other year levels across the school:
Pre-primary - Elijah;
Year 1- Ben, and Axel;
Year 3- Frankie, Ha and Ivy;
Year 4-Joshua, William, Winter and Arielle;
Year 5- Hai;
Year 6- Amelie.
We welcome five new staff:
Mrs Nicola Hurst -Year 2;
Miss Penny Mulholland- Year 4;
Mr Brendan Evans - Year 3;
Miss Jessica Berreteri and Miss Hannah Antulov as Education Assistants.
We pray that your time with us will be rewarding and we look forward to your contribution to our school.
As a faith community steeped in the charism and values of our founding ‘Presentation Sisters,’ we are reminded to be ‘bearers of light’ in our daily lives through our deeds and words. At St Thomas’ Primary we do this by living out our school values of:
These values will be a focus at our student assemblies throughout the school year.
Over the past two days, we have been made aware of the presence of the COVID virus in three schools in the metropolitan area. As a precaution, we will be limiting events which involve adults gathering in the same area at the same time. Parent Information Meetings scheduled for this evening have been cancelled and class information will be provided via the links in this newsletter. The P & F Sundowner has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. We will continue to monitor the situation and of course let you know of any updates as they occur, that may impact on the school.
Parent Information Meetings
As educators we are ever mindful of the very important role parents play in the education of their children and we value your support in their educational journey. Please take the time to view the information sent to you by classroom teachers in this newsletter to familiarise yourself with the term curriculum overview, classroom routines and protocols.
If you have any concerns or you have any information about your child, please organise a time to speak with your child’s classroom teacher. Please be aware that first thing in the morning is the busiest time for a teacher with all the students arriving. You may wish to make an alternative time to meet.
Parent Class Representatives
The Parent Representatives role builds class community through increasing connections between and with, families and the school. A big thank you to our to representatives for 2022:
Kindy - TBA
Pre-Primary - Jackie Vaughn & Shelly Partridge
Year One - Holly Telford
Year Two - Deliah Cassidy & Sha Ragnauth
Year Three - Irini McGoldrick
Year Four - Holly Toft & Liz Dawson
Year Five - Veronica Edwards & Francesca Perugia
Year Six - Tess Thaung, Celeste Hartfield, Belinda Hammond & Mel Trend
Year 6 Camp
Next Tuesday February 8, students from Year 6 will travel to Jarrahfall Bush Camp in Dwellingup to commence a four-day Leadership Camp. Mrs Gibbs, Mr Godsall, Mr Nankivell and Mrs Vincent will be attending with the students. We look forward to sharing their adventures when they return.
May God bless your week
From the Assistant Principal
2022 - Our Challenge
Prior to school beginning this year, all staff took part in planning and preparation days to ensure school is ready, and as 'normal' as possible for students, given current certainty regarding the pandemic. During these days, staff worked with Sr Catherine, one of our Presentation Sisters, regarding the history of the Presentation order and the struggles and sacrifice Venerable Nano Nagle made as she built the Presentation order from scratch. Sr Catherine challenged the staff to go back to the roots of the order, the very reasons Nano Nagle saw a need, and to courageously continue Nano's mission of many years ago, into 2022. We look forward to working with all our St Thomas' community members on living out Nano's vision this year.
We have approximately 12 Co-curricular clubs that students can join in 2022. These clubs are interest based and give children the opportunity to interact with other like-minded students who are interested in similar topics of interest. Avenue for structured and unstructured activities exist within these extra programs, directed by teachers and education assistants. For our small school, there is an abundance of big opportunities for every student to take part in. St Thomas’ offer clubs in: MiniVinnies, Green Team, Drama Club, E-Sports, Lego Club, Coding - Years 1-3, Coding - Years 4-6, Runners’ Club, Swimming Training, Chess Club, Movie making, Italian Club. As other opportunities arise, these will be communicated to students and parents. I applaud the extra work staff do in preparing and providing opportunities for students to take part in these clubs. How lucky are our students?!
Year 3 and Year 4 1:1 IPad Program
The Year Three and Year Four iPad program is a parent-owned, school managed model, which has at its core, helping students use digital technology positively and purposefully as part of their learning. We will be offering parent information sessions for Year 3 and 4 this term, largely to help parents with download and use of the JAMF parent app that can help parents manage the device with their child at home.
High Performing Students
At the Morning Gathering on Monday, I spoke to the students about what makes kids perform well versus kids that don't perform as well. While there are an almost infinite list of impacts to children, four themes emerged from recent research out of the United States: adequate sleep (10-12hrs); Adequate exercise (2hrs/day); Adequate nutrition and healthy eating; and goal-setting. In particular, I encourage you to discuss with your child their aspirations for the year ahead, and areas they can further develop from a point of improvement or further enhancement. Progress toward these goals may be discussed at the end of term parent-teacher meetings in Week Ten of this term.
Extra curricular activities
Please click on the links below for parent information
Chinese New Year 2022
Parking near the Church
Please make sure when you park near the church you keep the footpaths free. You must keep enough space between the front of your car and the fence line wide enough to allow a double pram to pass, if not you might find yourself with a fine from the rangers. You have been warned. Please be courteous to fellow walkers.
Has your child had any medical updates? Or had their medical plans change? Does the school know? Please contact us, so we can change details on your child's file.
In an event of an emergency its imperative the most up to date information is on our system.
Please contact the school office on 9286 9500 or email email@example.com.
Thank you for your continued support.
Morning drop off
A reminder that supervision will be available for your child from 8.15am in the mornings for all students outside the undercover area. For the safety of your child, please do not drop your child to school before this time unless they are attending Before School Care. Students who continually arrive before this time will be contacted so that alternative arrangements can be made.
Years 3-6 Swimming Trials – Friday 25th February 2022
This year we are having swimming trials on Friday 25th February from 12 noon until 3pm. Below are the following times for each year level:
Years 4 and 5 – 12 noon until 1.30pm
Years 3 and 6 – 1.30pm – 3pm
Please ensure students have appropriate swimming gear, a towel, goggles and appropriate footwear to wear to and from the pools. Faction swimming caps will be provided on the day. No thongs to be worn to school.
To be selected for the Championship points for the St Thomas Carnival and Interschool Swimming team, students must swim in 50m events.
We also need 8 parents to assist in the afternoon even if you can spare an hour this will assist us in the timing process. If you are available please indicate on the permission notes sent home or email Sharon Seaman directly. Thanks in advance. Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org
All notes are due this Friday. Year 6 parents can email them through as the students are on camp.
Swimming Training for the Interschool Team will commence, after the St Thomas Swimming Carnival.
UPCOMING SPORTING EVENTS
St Thomas’ Swimming Carnival – Friday 11th March – Notes have gone home this week with the information. We require a number of parent helpers on the day. If you are able to assist with the running of the carnival can you indicate on the form please.
Year 5 & 6 Tennis and Cricket Carnival – Tuesday 29th March. Need parental assistance on this day.
Interschool Swimming Carnival – Monday 4th April
AFL Football – If you would like to child to participate in AFL football for Claremont Junior Football Club registrations are open and you may also contact www.claremontjuniorfc.com.au
UWA Judo Club – Thursday afterschool.
Judo at St Thomas’ Primary School in 2022
UWA Judo Club is pleased to announce the commencement of judo as an after-school activity. Lessons will run from 3.20pm to 4.20pm on Tuesdays in the school undercover area. The classes will start on Tuesday 15th Feb.
For further details please contact the club directly email@example.com
Music Tuition in 2022
Application forms are available from the front office or on our website: https://www.stthomas.wa.edu.au/music-tuition/
Lessons will be commencing in week 3. Please return your application as early as possible so places can be allocated.
2022 TERM DATES
- TERM 1
- Monday 31 January - Friday 8 April
- TERM 2
- Wednesday 27 April – Friday 1 July
- TERM 3
- Tuesday 19 July – Thursday 22 September
- TERM 4
- Tuesday 11 October – Friday 9 December
Pupil free days:
Tuesday 26 April
Friday 3 June
Monday 18 July
Friday 23 September
Monday 10 October
Monday 7 March (Labor Day)
Monday 25 April (ANZAC Day)
Monday 6 June (WA Day)
Home and Family Book Sale
There’s a well-known saying that “reading gives us a place to go when we have to stay where we are.” With that in mind, Home and Family is the theme of this year’s popular annual Save The Children Summer Sale held at Hackett Café, UWA. With travel still restricted for so many of us, thousands of quality books have been selected to entertain, inform and educate, with an emphasis on family life.
Reading to children, and then encouraging them to read themselves, is one of most important aids in a child’s development. This Sale is a wonderful opportunity early in the school year to stock up on reading material for the children, as well as for adults, at very low prices.
As well as thousands of books for children from pre-school to teens, there is a large range of fiction for adults, also books on food and cooking, DIY, gardening, hobbies, needlecraft, animals, education and parenting. There are also CDs and DVDs.
The Sale, run by Save The Children Australia University Branch is only possible because of the generosity of the many people who donate the books. The books are sorted, categorised and priced all year round by a band of enthusiastic and willing volunteers.
All funds raised assists children in Australia and Overseas.The Save The Children Australia University Branch is proud to contribute to their work with its fundraising.
The Sale takes place at the Hackett Café, University of Western Australia, on Saturday 19 February, 9am – 4pm and Sunday 20 February 9 am – 2pm. Car parking is free in yellow or red bays at UWA during the weekend.