St Thomas' News

17 September 2020


Important Dates


Friday 18 September: Year 5 Camp

Monday 21 September: Year 5 Debating – School Competition

Tuesday 22 September: Year 6 Debating – Interschool Competition

Tuesday 22 September: School Photos

Wednesday 23 September: Oracy Year 4

Wednesday 23 September: Board Meeting 7 pm

Thursday 24 September: Interschool Athletics Carnival selected students Yrs 3-6

Thursday 24 September: End of Term 3 for students


Tuesday 13 October: Term 4 commences for students

Friday 16 October: Years 1-6 St Thomas’ Cross Country Carnival

Wednesday 21 October: Book Week Dress Up Parade 9am

Thursday 22 October: iPad Information Day (current Y2 students) 2pm

Friday 11 December: End of school year for students


Loving God, we thank you for the care and affection of Jesus,

who placed children in the very centre of his community.

We pray for children, created in your own image and likeness, dwelling places of your Spirit, each one called to experience the freedom of your daughters and sons.

We pray for all children – those in our family homes, those in our community of faith, those in the wider community, those in our global village, those with plenty and those who struggle to survive.

Grant us courage to speak out and act when children need protection, care and shelter.

We pray in Jesus’ name.



Dear Parents and Friends

ARTS show

It was lovely to see our community come together last Friday to celebrate the artistic talents of our students at the 2020 ARTS show. The theme for the ARTS show was ‘Australia’ which was reflected through visual arts and musical performances. The day began with an Open Morning for prospective families and a visit from the Presentation Sisters who visited the children in their classrooms. The show was opened by Mrs Jody Chaney and her daughter Eliza, a past pupil of St Thomas’ and now the ARTS Captain at Iona Presentation College, who shared the importance of the arts in society today. Afterwards parents, grandparents and friends enjoyed viewing the art work and listening to instrumental performances. A hightlight of the show were the class art pieces organized by our parents and completed by the children. A magnificient morning and afternoon tea was enjoyed by all. An event like this would not be possible without parental support so a huge thank you to all our amazing helpers and to Mrs Byrnes, Mrs Cotton and all the staff.

National Child Protection Week

This week is National Child Protection Week. Under this year’s theme “Putting children first,” Australians are asked to look at how children can be prioritised in their lives and communities. Putting children first means prioritising the safety and wellbeing of children. There are little things we do every day that can help to create safer environments for children. For instance:

· Be kind to children and parents

· Respect young people

· Be a good role model around children

· Get involved in your local community

· Look out for signs of abuse or neglect; if you suspect something is wrong talk to an expert

· Always take reports of abuse seriously

· Avoid blame and don’t judge; instead, ask yourself what you can do to help

· Listen to the needs of children and spend time with them

Kings Park Excursion

Our Pre Primary to Year 6 students travelled to Kings Park on Wednesday to participate in cultural immersion programs appropriate for their year level. Students learnt about Kaarta Koomba (Kings Park) – a place of significance past, present and future. The programs help develop respect and empathy for diversity in our community. Students learnt about traditional ways of life and the value of caring for Country, whilst enjoying the nature playscape and warm sunshine. A big thank you to all parents who assisted with supervision.


On Tuesday, student’s in Year 3 participated in Oracy. Oracy is a process whereby students learn to talk confidently, appropriately and sensitively. The confidence shown by the students throughout their presentations was outstanding. We look forward to the Year 4 ORACY presentations next Wednesday 23 September.


Students in Year 6 have been preparing for an interschool debating competition scheduled for next Tuesday evening. The Year 5 students will be participating in school debating next Monday 21st September. We wish all our students well as they develop and refine their debating skills.

Year 5 Camp

The Year 5 students are heading off for an overnight camp this Friday evening. Students will learn the importance of conservation through educational evening activities at the Perth Zoo. We look forward to hearing more about their adventures in the next newsletter.

End of term

A reminder that Term 3 for students concludes on Thursday 24 September.

School commences for Term 4 for students on Tuesday 13 October.

Wishing you a wonderful week and a relaxing, safe holiday with your family.

Natalia Thomson


School Photographs

Our School Photos will be taken on: Tuesday 22nd September 2020 Class Photos/Portraits: Every Student will have their photo taken, whether they are purchasing photos or not. The school has chosen to use the online ordering system. Your child will be given an online ordering instruction slip and a unique student shootkey. Log onto and follow the prompts to place your order. If you lose your shootkey the school reception will have a copy to quote back to you. The expiry date for online ordering is the 28.9.2020 Any orders received after this date will incur a $30.00 archive fee. You can email your order request through to or call our office on 08 9240 8000 Family Photos: Envelopes can be obtained from Administration. Family photos will be taken before school commencing at 8:20 am. Please ensure that your family envelope and payment are handed to the Photographers on photo day. If you do not have the correct money we will provide any change needed when photos are delivered to school. Family photos cannot be ordered online. Please Note: Individuals and Family Photos are not available to view online.

All students Year One to Six are required to wear full winter uniform.

Our Award Winners

Employment: Finance Officer

We are seeking to appoint a permanent, part-time Finance Officer working two days per week or equivalent, to work in conjunction with our current Finance Officer Mrs Leanne Hancock. The role primarily supports the Principal with finance, compliance and control of the day to day accounts of the school. This role would suit an organised and personable individual with initiative who is looking to develop their skills base so that they can work with increasing independence as well as in a team environment. A relevant qualification in Accounting, Business or a related field would be an advantage, but is not essential. The vacancy can be viewed on our school website:

National Science Week 2020

Jo Myers, our resident Scientist in Schools, ran a Blue Water course for Year 3. They looked at the abundance and diversity of fish and coral with underwater photos collected from a marked out marine area. They used the macroscope to examine marine specimens and wrote underwater using special underwater paper.

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We had perfect weather for our Athletics carnival on Friday 4 September and it was great to have so many families supporting the event given we were able to, due to COVID restrictions. We were proud of the high level of participation and effort shown by the students who participated in various athletics and novelty events. Thank you to all of the staff, parents and community members for their assistance throughout the day, whether it was setting up, packing away, scoring, recording, announcing, handing out ribbons and collecting/returning gear to the school.

Congratulations to Forrest who were our overall winners and to Gittens winning the ‘Spirit Award’ for 2020.

Please see below for all of the results and records broken on the day;








Year 6 Champion Girl Grace D Year 6 Runner Up Champion Girl Lily L

Year 6 Champion Boy Austin T Year 6 Runner Up Champion Boy Nicholas P

Year 5 Champion Girl Charlotte D Year 5 Runner Up Champion Girl Jewel G

Year 5 Champion Boy Christian L Year 5 Runner Up Champion Boy Bastian D

Year 4 Champion Girl Allegra H Year 4 Runner Up Champion Girl Amelie T

Year 4 Champion Boy Lucas B Year 4 Runner Up Champion Boy Jack H

Year 3 Champion Girl Saskia B Year 3 Runner Up Champion Girl Grace C

Year 3 Champion Boy Hamish L Year 3 Runner Up Champion Boy Charlie D

Year 2 Champion Girl Stella B Year 2 Runner Up Champion Girl Juliet DR

Year 2 Champion Boy Alfred S Year 2 Runner Up Champion Boy Inderpal S

Year 1 Champion Girl Ewa K Year 1 Runner Up Champion Girl Ruby R

Year 1 Champion Boy Luke F Year 1 Runner Up Champion Boy Charlie J

GIRLS OPEN 800m Gold Lily L (Year 6) Silver Saskia B (Year 3) Bronze Lilly (Year 6)

BOYS OPEN 800m Gold Austin T (Year 6) Silver Nicholas P (Year 6) Bronze Bastian D (Year 5)

Below are the Records broken on the day. Well done to all students who broke a record on the day.


Yr 6 Boys 400m Sprint Div A Austin T 1.11.33

Yr 3 Girls 400m Sprint Div A Saskia B 1.24.23

Yr 6 Boys 200m Sprint Div A Austin T 30.12

Yr 3 Girls 100m Sprint Div A Saskia B 16.75


Yr 5 Long Jump Boys Christian L 3.99m

Yr 4 Long Jump Girls Amelie T 3.15m

Yr 3 Long Jump Girls Saskia B 2.91m


Yr 2 Vortex Throw Girls Stella B 15.05m

Yr 1 Vortex Throw Boys Luke F 19.27m


Yr 6 Turbo Javelin Boys Harrison D 26.13m

Yr 6 Turbo Javelin Girls Lily L 16.74m

Yr 5 Turbo Javelin Boys Christian L 18.36m

Yr 6 Turbo Javelin Boys Harrison D 26.13m


Yr 4 Teeball Throw Girls Chloe C 23.40m

Yr 3 Tee Ball Throw Girls Saskia B 19.35m


Yr 2 Standing Long Jump Boys Alfred S 1.46m

Yr 2 Standing Long Jump Girls Stella B 1.27m

Yr 1 Standing Long Jump Boys Joe C 1.38m

Yr 1 Standing Long Jump Girls Ewa K 1.14m


Next term we have scheduled the Cross Country Carnival on Friday 16 October. Parents will be able to attend the event at Rowe Park, however must follow the 1.5 social distancing rules. Information regarding the carnival will be sent out next term.

Thank you for a wonderful day!

Sharon Seaman

Physical Education Teacher

Sports News

Upcoming Events


On Thursday 24th September approximately 55 students will be representing St Thomas at the Catholic Primary Schools Association Interschool Athletics’ Carnival .

All parents and friends are welcome to attend at WA Athletics Stadium, Stephenson Ave, Floreat, however must abide with COVID 19 socially distancing restrictions.

There will be an area designated for parents. Races commence approximately at 9.30am.



After our Rugby clinics last week, students were interested in playing. Below are the closest clubs and contacts.

Nedlands Rugby Club - Christine Lawrence - UWA Rugby Club – Kang Kim - Associates Rugby Club – Bill Bowyer -


Claremont Nedlands Cricket Club. Have a go day – Sunday 20th September 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Please see flyer at the end of this newsletter.

Below is a link to register for this year’s Cricket season.

Check out the link below – play cricket.

Library News

Book Week 2020 is just around the corner! The theme this year is 'Curious Creatures, Wild Minds'. We all can't wait to see all the creative costumes on Wednesday 21 October for our Book Week Parade!

Entertainment Books P&F Fundraiser

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Waste Watchers Workshop - Bin Basics & Recycle Right

Thursday, 24 September 2020, 18:00-20:30

Town of Claremont Office, 308 Stirling Hwy, Claremont

Come and drop a bin size with us!

This short course is open to all teachers, parents and young adults who want to reduce their waste. We'll get clear on waste terminology, what goes in which bin, where waste goes once it's picked up from your verge, how to recycle things that can't go in your household bin, what you can do to drop a bin size and much more!

Tickets cost $5 each + booking fee, which includes light refreshments.

Book now through Eventbrite!

Modern Cloth Nappy Workshop

The Grove Library, 1 Leake St Peppermint Grove

Saturday, 24 October 2020, 10:00-11:30 am

Did you know that a baby will use between 4,000 and 6,000 nappies before they are toilet trained?

If you have been wondering about modern cloth nappies, and whether they are worth the switch, this workshop might be for you!

You will: find out what you need to get started, touch and feel the various types of cloth nappies, learn how to fit one, know the secrets for effective washing, and discover how to keep your baby's skin healthy.

Tickets cost $5 each + booking fee, which includes light refreshments.

Book now through Eventbrite!

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Extend Before and After School Care

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