St Thomas' News
17 May 2023
Thursday 18 May - Netball - Sporting Schools (Yrs 3-6)
Saturday 20 May - Parish Mass Y3
Monday 22 May - Eucharist Parent/Student Workshop
Tuesday 23 May - Edudance
Tuesday 23 May - Eucharist Retreat for Yr4
Wednesday 24 May - Simultaneous Storytime Buddies
Wednesday 24 May - Our Lady, Help of Christians Mass
Wednesday 24 May - Advisory Council Meeting 7pm
Thursday 24 May - Netball - Sporting Schools (Yrs 3-6)
Friday 25 May - Dad's Catchup @ Claremont Hotel 7:30 pm
Friday 26 May - Sacrament of Eucharist (Church) @ 5:30 pm
Monday 29 May - Interschool Cross Country Yrs 3-6 (UWA Sports Ground)
Tuesday 30 May - Edudance
Tuesday 30 May - Parent Information Session: 7 - 8:30 pm 'Raising children in a digital age'
Wednesday 31 May - Visitation of Mary
Wednesday 31 May - Parish Mass @ 12:30 pm Yr 4 & PP
Thursday 01 June - Makuru Season Starts
Thursday 01 June - Netball - Sporting Schools (Yrs 3-6)
Friday 02 June - Catholic Day - school closed
Monday 05 June - WA Day Public Holiday - school closed
Tuesday 06 June - Edudance
Wednesday 07 June - Y4 Oracy (all day Library)
Please remember dates of events can be subject to change
(Full 2023 term dates at the end of this newsletter)
From the Acting Principal
I hope all Mothers, Grandmothers and Mother-figures in our students' lives had an amazing day last Sunday. There were plenty of creative activities happening at school in the lead up to the day, including pamper sessions, card making and creative presents. Thank you to all our community members who attended mass last Friday to celebrate Mother's Day. A big thank you to Fr Wayne, Miss Briffa and the Year One class for leading us, and for all staff and students who helped in the lead-up and on the day. Also, well done and thank you to the P&F and the volunteers who assisted with the Mother's Day stalls. The joy on the students faces when purchasing their mum a gift (and the mum's gentle suggestions, or dad's assistance!) was beautiful to witness.
Congratulations to all Year One to Year Six students for their determination and effort in competing in the school Cross Country on Friday 5 May. The competition was tight, with Forrest faction eventually prevailing in very windy conditions at Rowe Park. Thank you to Mrs Seaman, school staff and parent helpers who made the day 'run' so smoothly (dad joke intended). Best wishes to all students representing St Thomas' at the upcoming Interschool Cross Country carnival on Monday 29 May.
THE SACRAMENT OF EUCHARIST
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Year Four students as many of them prepare to receive the Sacrament of Eucharist. A parent/student workshop, student retreat day, and class work will assist preparing the students for this important part of their faith journey. The Sacrament will be celebrated Friday 26 May in St Thomas the Apostle Church.
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
We are very excited to announce the launch of the St Thomas' Primary School - Student Code of Conduct. The document has been made BY students FOR students. Our student leaders launched the document earlier this term, and are investigating ways of making this a living document for our students. Please read their introduction to the Code of Conduct later in this newsletter, taken from a recent Monday Gathering. We look forward to continuing to explore these documents across the year. The document can be viewed in each classroom, also below, and on our website at: https://www.stthomas.wa.edu.au/student-code-of-conduct/
Thank you to all parents who use the slip-lane with patience and consideration for the safety of our students. A pamphlet is being prepared with guidelines and maps to help the efficient, safe movement of traffic whilst parents collect students. This document has been created in consultation with the Town of Claremont. Can I ask parents to note the following:
- 40km/h is the limit around the school during pick-up and drop-off times (even if you are running late);
- Cars must ALWAYS be parallel to College Road in the slip-lane - never park 'nose-in' on the faux-brick paving;
- Please do not block entrances to the presbytery and church by parking;
- The stop signs at the intersection of Warden Street and College Road MUST be observed - WA Police may issues fines or and/or demirit points for not stopping at the line;
- Parents should stay in the car when in the slip-lane, and students should always enter vehicles from the school-side (NOT road side).
Many CEWA schools will experience very minor changes to reporting this year, largely to bring greater consistency across CEWA schools. A summary of the changes are below:
- The titles of 'Semester 1' and 'Semester 2' will be replaced with 'Mid-Year' and 'End of Year' reports.
- 'Science Understanding' will be reported on in both reports, but not have the sub-strands listed (e.g. Biological Sciences). 'Science Inquiry Skills' will remain unchanged.
- Humanities will state 'Knowledge & Understandings' instead of listing the specific subjects (e.g Georgraphy). The HASS Skills will remain as areportable area, and both these areas will be present of the Mid-Year and End of Year reports.
- Pre-primary reports will come more into line with the Year One to Year Six reports. There will be no descriptors in each learning area, and whilst the A-E scale is not used in Pre-primary, the words showing achievement will change to 'Excellent', 'High', 'Satisfactory', 'Limited' and 'Very Low'.
- Chinese for Years 3-6 will have one overall grade for the subject, not two sub-strand grades for 'Communicating' and 'Understanding'.
Reports will be available through Seqta on the afternoon of Monday 26 June (the final week of Term Two). An email will be sent to parents advising when the reports can be downloaded. If you have any questions - please contact me to discuss.
MARTY OGLE INCURSION
Please read the message in this newsletter from Marty Ogle, of the Making Jesus Real program, who worked with our students and staff Tuesday of last week. His message of WEST (Welcoming, Encouraging, saying Sorry, saying Thank you) links closely with our values and our regular messages to students.
Congratulations to our Merit Winners
Student Code of Conduct
What is the code of conduct?
The code of conduct is a set of rules or expectations that the students have created to keep us safe, happy and respected.
How was it created?
In the middle of last year, we did a survey to see what kids think should be in the code of conduct. The words that came up the most were, Happy, Safe, Respected and Fun.
The information from the survey went to the Year 4, 5 and 6 classes and we checked over it and looked for improvements. This information was compiled, and it went back to the current Year 5 and 6 class, where we made sure the words used were good.
The squares are ways of signing the code of conduct in a friendlier way and drawing a picture or writing down key words of happy, safe and respected.
Down the bottom is a Highway Hero section where it is a guide for how to handle a situation properly and quickly, preferably with the Highway Heroes strategies.
Emily & Hamish
2023 Student Leaders
Curriculum Corner - Year 2 HASS
Step back in time with our Year 2 class as they explore life form 100 years ago!
From old photographs to artefacts, the students have been busy investigating what life was like in the olden days. They’ve been fascinated to discover how different thing were back then and how much the world has changed since.
To bring their learning to life, our creative historians have been working on a special project – creating books that compare life from 100 years ago to life today. They’ve been busy researching, writing, and illustrating their ideas and the books are truly amazing! They cannot wait to publish them.
“I like that in the olden days there were lots of horses for people to travel on.” Jack
“The toys in the olden days look cool but I love my iPad and Nintendo.” Aitor
“In the olden days they made lots of things without electricity and they were very smart to be able to do this.” Elizabeth
CROSS COUNTRY CARNIVAL RESULTS 2023
The sun was shining and the wind had quite a chill to it, but the weather held out for our carnival on Friday 3 May. Well done to all the children who competed so well, with such great sportsmanship and some very close finishes. It was pleasing the see so many smiles at the start as well at the finish line! To our Year 1 class competing for the first time – you did an amazing job!
Thank you to all the parents and family members who came along to cheer on the children. I know that the children loved seeing so many supporters as they crossed the finish line. Special thankyou to all the parent volunteers who assisted as a course marshal and those who stepped in at the last minute to fill positions.
Below are the individual results:
Year 1 Girls – 1st Rosie D, 2nd Ruby G, 3rd Rosina R
Year 1 Boys – 1st Thomas W, 2nd Vasili K, 3rd Rowan P
Year 2 Girls – 1st Maggie D, 2nd Maria K, 3rd Chloe M
Year 2 Boys - 1st Hudson W, 2nd Sam J, 3rd Elias H
Year 3 Girls – 1st Maddy G, 2nd Beatrice B, 3rd Javiera D
Year 3 Boys - 1st Thomas V, 2nd James H, 3rd Martin C
Year 4 Girls – 1st Ewa K, 2nd Anabella F, 3rd Ruby R
Year 4 Boys – 1st Charlie J, 2nd Bailey W, 3rd Luke F
Year 5 Girls – 1st Annabelle H, 2nd Ignacia C, 3rd Arielle P
Year 5 Boys – 1st Mattia F, 2nd Louis K, 3rd William D
Year 6 Girls – 1st Amelie G, 2nd Lily G, 3rd Caoimhe P
Year 6 Boys – 1st Charlie D, 2nd Hamish L, 3rd Tom B
Overall Champion Faction
1st Forrest 239 points
2nd Gittens 226 points
3rd Sheridan198 points
Spirit award - Gittens
Interschool Cross Country Training
Those children in years 3-6 who are in the Interschool Cross Country Team are invited to attend training every Friday at Rowe Park at 8am. A special training will be held on Friday 26 May, all interschools runners to attend please.
Interschool Cross Country Carnival - Monday 29 May at Lake Gwelup, Karrinyup (new venue)
We are looking for parents to assist as a checkpoint marker on the day. If you are available, please indicate on the permission form that was sent via email. All forms are due Thursday 25 May.
Running Club Years 1-6
Started on Friday 12 May at Rowe Park at 8am – 8.15am, all years 1-6 are invited.
Please note on Friday 2 June and 30 June there will be no running club.
Winter Lightning Carnival – Thursday 22 June at Wembley sports park from 10am – 2pm
Netball – Matthews (State Netball Centre); Soccer – Henderson Park; AFL – Wembley Park.
We need one parent to assist with each team on the day. If you are able to come along and assist, please email Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org
We need one parent for the following teams: 1 x Netball, 2 x Soccer, 1 x AFL
Physical Education Specialist Teacher
Coughs & Colds
Change of Date: Pupil Free Day in Term 2
There has been a change in date for one of our pupil free days in Term 2. This day was originally scheduled for the Tuesday 6 June however, this Pupil Free Day has now moved to the week before, Friday 2 June. This change has been made to accommodate the EduDance program on Tuesdays.
MAKING JESUS REAL - INCURSION BY MARTY OGLE
It was my pleasure to recently work with the St Thomas’ school community. We focused on the many themes including ‘Accountability’ for the year 5/6’s and how important it is ‘to claim the blame’ when we do something wrong. Teachers and parents/carers must hold young people accountable for their actions and as a class, we discussed how the ‘Art of Reflection’will help us to correct mistakes. Tied into this was also how essential it is to understand and use manners. We looked at habits and how we need to work on changing negative habits and cultivating positive habits. We discussed how we can turn these into ‘Spirit of Jesus’ moments and how they can bring you and others joy.
I was lucky enough to work with all Pre-primary to Year Six and we looked at a number of habits and discussed how we can change the negative habits for example back chatting at home (eg saying no when asked to do a chore/go to bed etc) and how it can become a terrible habit but that it can be changed by saying ‘Okay’(with a smile) bringing joy to the home. Some of your children may have come home with ‘OK’ on their hand to remind them. The children were extremely enthusiastic about implementing positive GTS (greet, treat and speak) moments and the acronym WEST which stands for Welcome/ Encourage/ (saying )Sorry/ (saying ) Thank You. These are habits for home/school especially when speaking to adults, school staff and fellow students.
Again, the students were an amazing group due to their enthusiasm – why not ask them what they learned in the session about bringing magic into others’ lives. eg about not back chatting, saying OK with a smile, making someone’s day with a smile or compliment etc.
I also had the pleasure of working with the amazing staff at St Thomas’ – their enthusiasm, care and love for those in their care is contagious.
You are truly blessed,
“Raising children in the digital age”
Childhood in 2023 has changed significantly and educators everywhere are reporting children turning up with less foundational social, emotional and learning competence. Why? Well, the impact of children's device use at home has meant less opportunity to practise the skills of emotional self-regulation, with parents often avoiding tantrums and meltdowns (and the learning that comes out of them) by instead distracting with a device.
Children are spending less time in free play and community sport activities and learning the resilience-building skills of joining in, sorting out, missing out and stepping up.
Claire Orange, Child Advocate, Child and Family Mental Health Author, Advocate and
international speaker, will be taking a deep dive into the digital lives of children and the impact, at a parent information session at St Thomas’ Primary School on:
- Tuesday 30 May 2023
- 7pm – 8.30pm in the school hall
Funded by our school P & F, this is a free session for parents.
Please register your attendance on this LINK
2023 TERM DATES
- TERM 1
- Wednesday 1 February - Thursday 6 April
- TERM 2
- Wednesday 26 April – Friday 30 June
- TERM 3
- Tuesday 18 July – Thursday 21 September
- TERM 4
- Monday 09 October – Friday 9 December
Pupil free days:
Monday 24 April
Friday 2 June
Monday 17 July
Friday 18 August
Friday 22 September
Monday 6 March (Labour Day)
Friday 7 April (Good Friday)
Tuesday 25 April (ANZAC Day)
Monday 5 June (WA Day)
Monday 25 September (Kings birthday)
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