St Thomas' News

19th July 2018


My Father,

I pray that I may have patience to live through the difficulties of life.

May I correct my faults, that they may not destroy my peace and take from me my strength; help me to centre my life in brightness and hope.



Monday 23 July – P&F Meeting – 9.00am Library

Tuesday 24 July – School Photos

Tuesday 31 July – School Board Meeting – 7.00pm

Wednesday 1 August – Reading Presentation in Pre-Primary

Wednesday 1 August – CMFS Presentation for Year 5 & 6

Thursday 2 August – STREAMing Ahead Challenge @ St. Mary’s

Friday 3 August – Year One Assembly


Dear St. Thomas' Community,

Welcome back! It was great to see so many smiling faces on Monday for the first day of Term Three. Hopefully you all had a great holiday and the opportunity to spend time together relaxing and enjoying the break.

This term is shaping up to be extremely busy with Performing Arts, Confirmation and Athletics Carnivals taking centre stage. I would like to take this opportunity to wish best of luck to all the students who are participating in the Performing Arts Program in the next few weeks. It takes a lot of commitment on behalf of children and parents to participate in such events between learning new pieces, rehearsals and performances, and then fitting all this in with the normal classroom and home duties.

I wish to welcome Miss Leila May to St. Thomas'. Miss May will be completing her final teaching practicum in Pre-Kindy and Kindy during Term Three.

Marketing: As you will no doubt have noticed we have made changes to the style and presentation of our school newsletter. This was one of the goals that was identified by our Marketing Committee. I hope you find this format more user friendly. One of the great features on the newsletter is the ability to translate from the English written word to another language, which may benefit a number of our community members. Currently we are working to enable this feature. If it does not work for this newsletter, it will definitely be working in our next. You can find the translate button at the very bottom of this newsletter page. Thanks to Mr. von Bergheim for his work on this initiative.

Today we will also be unveiling St. Thomas’ new Facebook page - which is now live! You can join our page by simply clicking on the link below. We encourage you to like and comment on our posts, share with friends and family, and write a review. If you know of any past St. Thomas' families please share/invite them to also join our page. Again thanks to Mr. von Bergheim and Mrs. Fernanda Romano for all their hard work in getting our page to this stage. Over the coming weeks we also plan to 'go live' with our new school website. Details to follow!

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Teacher Leave: Mrs. Sullivan will be taking Long Service Leave this term from Monday 20 August to Friday 21 September. Mrs Valentine, Mrs Barry and myself will be undertaking roles within the Year Four class whilst she is on leave.

We have also appointed Miss Nicola Ward to the Year One class, from Monday 20 August, as Mrs. Migliore’s Maternity Leave replacement.

Parent Contact: In accordance with our Pastoral Care Beliefs we understand that in this financial climate, it may become difficult to keep up with educational/financial demands. If you find yourself in this position, please do not hesitate to contact myself to make alternate arrangements e.g. incremental payments. All conversations and arrangements are strictly confidential.


Sunday 15th- The Gospel according to Mark 6: 7-18

He called the Twelve, and began to send them out.

Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out in pairs giving them authority over the unclean spirits. And he instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bread, no haversack, no coppers for their purses. They were to wear sandals, but, he added, ‘Do not take a spare tunic.’ And he said to them, ‘If you enter a house anywhere, stay there until you leave the district. And if any place does not welcome you and people refuse to listen to you, as you walk away shake off the dust from under your feet as a sign to them.’ So they set off to preach repentance; and they cast out many devils, and anointed many sick people with oil and cured them.

A beginning point for discussion of this week's Gospel with children:

  • In today’s Gospel Jesus told his disciples not to worry about taking things with them and sent them out to tell the Good news. What are some of your favourite things?
  • Which of these things do you really need?
  • Why would Jesus tell them not to worry about taking too many belongings with them?
  • Jesus wanted to remind his disciples that preaching the good news was their most important task.
  • We are Jesus’ disciples. What are our important tasks?
  • We pray that we will make Jesus the centre of our lives this week and show his love to others.


School Photos

School Photos will be held next Tuesday 24 July. Children need to be dressed in full winter uniform, including tie and school jumper (not jacket). Please ensure school shoes are polished and hair is neat, tidy and tied up if below the shoulders.

Family/Sibling Photographs will be taken from 8:30 am in the library.

Please click on the picture to the right (to make the flyer bigger) to read the information that was in the previous newsletter regarding photos.

P&F Meeting

The next P&F Meeting will take place on Monday 23 July. This meeting will take place in the School Library commencing at 9.00am —all welcome.

Year One Assembly

Our next major assembly of the year will take place on Friday 3 August. The Year One class will be showcasing their learning.

Scholastic Book Club Catalogue

Orders due by 11pm FRIDAY 27 JULY

Students from Kindy to Year 6 have brought home a Scholastic book club catalogue. Our school library earns 20% from every item ordered!

Please note that orders are online only (Scholastic calls this LOOP) and payment is with a credit card. (NB: No payments by cash or cheque.)

If you wish to order an item, please follow the instructions on the back page of your child’s catalogue. Late orders cannot be accepted (but there will be a new catalogue sent home each term). Purchases will be delivered to school, and then sent home with your child.


Our sincere condolences to the Prichard family on the passing of John's Father and a much loved Poppa. Please join us in keeping them in your prayers at this sad time.

St Thomas' Feast Day

On the last day of Term 2, the students had an awesome day celebrating the Feast Day of St Thomas' the Apostle as well as our Presentation Mass!

Please enjoy watching the short video below to see what we got up to!


Parent Internet Awareness Presentation

Wednesday 12th September: 6:30-8:00pm

Paul Litherland, from Surf Online Safe ( will again this year be facilitating a Parent Internet Awareness Presentation for all parents of St Thomas’ on Wednesday 12th September, from 6:30-8:00pm in the school Hall. This presentation was attended by around 40 parents last year, was eye-opening, and received fantastic reviews.

Paul’s main goal is to help parents better understand the networks and systems their children are using and to help them grow online with their kids. Some of the topics he covers in his presentations with parents include; social networking, online predators, cyber bullying, the law, device use and image sharing.

Paul is widely recognised as Perth’s leading presenter on this subject, and has a wide range of experience and expertise, having served as a Police Officer in the Technology Crime Investigation Unit of the Western Australian Police Force. You may also have recently seen him on 'The Project.'

Thank you to the St Thomas’ P&F who have provided the funds to be able to bring Paul to St Thomas’ to speak to the parent body. I look forward to seeing many of you at what should be a very informative presentation – essential for any parents with children accessing the internet!

Please RSVP your attendance to this event by filling in the online form below.

Ryan von Bergheim

Assistant Principal

Surf Online Safe Parent Presentation RSVP

Wednesday, Sep. 12th, 6:30pm

8 Warden Street Claremont WA

This parent presentation is for all parents within the community. Please feel free to invite friends and family members. This event will be held in the School Hall.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


This month is Plastic Free July. The Plastic Free July Foundation’s mission is to build a global movement that dramatically reduces plastic use and improves recycling. Their vision is a world without plastic waste. Over 2 million people from around the world are choosing to be part of their annual Plastic Free July challenge, reducing their consumption of single-use plastics in July and beyond.The Plastic Free July campaign raises awareness of our growing plastic waste problem and supports behaviour change by helping people to avoid single-use (disposable) plastic.

For the remainder of July, the Year One class are taking up the challenge of being single use plastic free. This includes no wrappers or plastic in their lunchboxes and lunch orders. The children said that the changes they could make in their lunch box would be to put some of their sandwiches and snacks into containers or paper bags. We spoke about reducing the amount of plastic in our lunch orders for at least the remaining two-week period, by only choosing to have a sausage roll (possibly with no sauce or bringing their own in a container to eliminate the plastic sachet), toasted sandwich or normal sandwich or sub as these are all packaged in paper. We decided not to have sushi or pasta as these come in plastic and also have plastic cutlery. As for drinks, Mrs Migliore is providing paper straws for the children so they can say no to a plastic straw.

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Code of Conduct

St. Thomas’ introduced a Code of Conduct at the start of the 2017 school year and it clearly states the behaviours and expectations required by all staff at St. Thomas’, parents, students and volunteers, and anyone who spends significant time at St Thomas’. The St. Thomas’ Code of Conduct can be found on the school website.

Any Breach of this code must be reported to the school principal. All school community members are expected to have the safety and welfare of our children/students as our primary priority. Throughout the remainder of the year, I will briefly outline what each Conduct Statement is and highlight a few examples of what this may look like from a parent’s perspective.


Fortnightly Recap

Welcome back to school everyone! We hope you all had fun spending your term break with families and friends! We are excited for another school term filled with fun and exciting activities in Before and After School Care.

To start the term, we have been doing activities like puppet making, drawing contest, blow painting and paper cup animal crafts. We enjoyed the group games such as Paint me a Picture, 50 Cups Challenge- (Who can build the highest tower in a minute), Charades and Waddle like a Penguin Race. We have had Oil and Water Experiment and Chocolate Coconut Balls cooking activity.

To those who are interested about our school care, service, we invite you to come by and say hi during one of our sessions and see what we are providing to each child.

Our Extend Superstars are:

Lauren Shirley for doing a great job in organising ​ her​ suggested drawing contest activity. Natalia Relota for being a happy, kind, and gentle friend to all and for being a good listener to the educator.

What’s on next week?

Monday 23 July Music Shakers making and Jo’s Music Sesh with kids

Tuesday 24 July Multicultural Arts and Crafts and Learning Different Languages plus Basic Sign Language with Liezel

Wednesday 25 July Banana Çhocolate Cupcake making and Picnic Day

Thursday 26 July Salt Crystal Snowflakes and Musical Freeze

Friday 27 July Bowling Competition Soccer Ball

Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Liezel Menguito

Extend Service Coordinator

Extend Before and After School Care

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