St Thomas' News

30 May 2019

Lord our God,

Father of us all, grant that we may know something of you in our hearts.

Each one of us is different, with our own needs, but we are all your children and should all become children of your Spirit.

Then even in the difficulties of life, in the many struggles, temptation, and sorrows, we can keep up our courage and remain in the Spirit, who is victorious in every aspect of life.

Protect and strengthen us on all our ways.

We praise you for all you have done and for all the help you have given us.



Friday 30 May – St. Thomas’ Cross Country Carnival

Monday 3 June - WA Day Public Holiday

Wednesday 5 June – Year 3’s attending Parish Mass – 12.30pm

Wednesday 5 June – Eucharist Parent/Child Workshop – 6.00pm

Wednesday 12 June – Interschool Cross Country carnival

Friday 14 June – Year 3 Assembly

Saturday 15 June – School/Parish Mass and Sausage Sizzle – 5.30pm


Dear St. Thomas' Community,

Cyclical Review: On Monday and Tuesday of this week Catholic Education Office of Western Australia (CEOWA) conducted a Cyclical Review of St. Thomas'. This review consisted of 'looking back' at the educational initiatives, programs and procedures that have been implemented at St. Thomas' over the past three years and a 'looking forward' component with the Leadership Team outlining where we want to head as a school. The panel were extremely impressed with what is happening at St. Thomas. They were particularly impressed with the way the parents, students and staff interviewed articulated what is happening at our school. They commented that St. Thomas' is 'an outstanding school, offering many and varied opportunities for the students'. I am extremely honoured and proud of the results of the review and will share the final report once it has been received. I wish to extend my sincere thanks too everyone who was involved in interviews. I also wish to thank the parents and students of our great school for their support and trust in the educational direction that the staff set and I wish to thank the staff (both past and present) for the considerable time and effort they give to the education of your children.

Year Two Assembly: Our next major assembly of the year will take place on Friday 14 June. The Year Three class will be showcasing their learning journey. Best of luck Year Three’s.

Edu-Dance Concert: Save the date! Edu-Dance Concert will take place on Wednesday 27 June. Please be aware that this year’s event will take place at Loreto Catholic Primary School.

Public Holiday: Please be aware that the school will be closed on Monday 3 June for WA Day Public Holiday.


Watch this video to see some of the amazing things we have been up to during May!


Eucharist: Please remember to keep in your prayers the Year Four Class who are preparing for the Sacrament of Eucharist. The Sacrament will be celebrated on Sunday 23 June at the 9.30am Mass.

The Parent Evening will take place on Wednesday 5 June at 6.00pm in the School Library.

School/Parish Mass: The next Parish/School Mass will take place on Saturday, 15 June, at 5.30pm. The Pre-Primary class, Miss Canalini and Miss Tived are organising the Mass and sausage sizzle. We would love to see as many of the St. Thomas’ community in attendance.

LifeLink Day: Thank you to Mrs. Sullivan for organising a fantastic LifeLink Day last Thursday. The $350 raised will be donated to the Archbishop’s LifeLink Appeal.



Dear St. Thomas' Community,

This week on both Monday and Tuesday our parish school St Thomas the Apostle underwent a Cyclical review by the Catholic Education Office [CEO]. The report to the School Principal, Mr Justin Tuohy was extremely positive and affirming. Praise was offered to the school in many areas, and spoke glowingly of the links between the school and parish and how proud the parents were of the school and staff. Of the wonderful engagement of the children had at the school, the wonderful programs on offer and the many and varied experiences the school offers to the children and parents.

Over the past three years since the last review the school and all the teachers have worked tirelessly to achieve the best for the children and their commitment to this is duly recognised in the results this week. The staff have kept as their central focus the deeds of the children and preparing them for the world they and will live in.

As Parish priest I offer my congratulations to Mr Tuohy, staff and the entire school on this wonderful result, and as we prepare to celebrate the 110th Anniversary of the school we as a parish family which includes the school should be justly proud of what they have achieved. We are very lucky to have our school and should support it as much as we can. I invite you all to join me in congratulating the school community on their justified success this week. 5 stars to the school for all you have done for our children.

Fr Wayne

St Thomas' 110th Anniversary

St Thomas' is celebrating our 110th Anniversary on the 5 July 2019. To commemorate the event Brett and Rebecca Rhodes have taken a Drone Video and Photo of the children. We would like to thank the Rhodes family and acknowledge the wonderful community of St Thomas' who so willingly share their special skills and talents to support the initiatives of the school.
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School Psychologist Visit

The visiting School Psychologist, Leigh Thomas, is available on Thursday 06 June, 9:30am-11pm, for short parent consultations. If you have a learning/behaviour/parenting issue with your child and would like a brief consultation to provide you with some information or direction please contact Julie to register. Consultations will be limited to 20 minutes only.

Kindy 2020

We are currently taking applications for enrolments for four-year-old Kindergarten for 2020 and 2021. Your child must be 4 years of age before June 30 2020 to be eligible for 2020 intake and 4 years of age before June 30 2021 for the 2021 grouping.

Please download forms from our school website for applications. Interviews will be taking place in Terms Two and Three. If you know of any families who may wish to send their child/children to St Thomas’ please ensure you pass on this information.

Mini Vinnies Appeal

Our Mini Vinnies are collecting 'all things warm' for those doing it tough this winter. If you have any good quality second hand items ranging from beanies, socks, jackets/jumpers, scarfs, blankets or gloves. Please bring them into the Makerspace area on the back bench in the library or drop to the front office. Thank you for your support.

Labeling uniforms

Please ensure if you purchase or are gifted any second hand uniforms that you clearly label them with your child's name. When items are found with names of families who in some cases left years ago we are unable to find their new owners!

We also find many new items unlabeled or with names impossible to read. Please spend a few minutes just checking that all your children's items have been clearly marked.

All items clearly labeled will always get given back to your child. Thank you

Milkshake Madness

We are having a Milkshake Madness day where students can get a freshly made milkshake for a gold coin donation at recess on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Money raised will go to the painting of our still to be named, cow.


Cross-Country Carnival:The St Thomas’ Cross Country Carnival will take place tomorrow Friday 8 June 1:00pm—2:50pm. Children from Pre-Primary to Year Six will be participating in the carnival. The event will take place at Rowe Park, Claremont. At the conclusion of the event the children can be collected from Rowe Park or alternatively will be walked back to school in time for pick up.


Digital Technology Guidelines for Parents

Top Tip: Discuss online safety and respectful relationships

Have conversations with your child about how to stay safe online, how to show respectful behaviour and be aware of the pitfalls of the internet, particularly social media applications. Each of these topics is an important issue. This kind of digital exposure can have enormous ramifications on the growth and development of young people, especially when it comes to the quality of their relationships and well-being.

Lisa Meyers

Assistant Principal


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Make Your Own Storybook Competition

(Hand entries in to the St Thomas’ front office by 5 June 2019)

A reminder for St Thomas’ students who are planning to enter the Make Your Own Storybook competition. The deadline is very soon!

  • Open to students from PrePrimary to Year 8 (prizes awarded in various age categories).
  • Students can work with a partner or as individuals (max. 2 students per book).
  • This year students must MAKE the book themselves. (Pages stapled together or sewn together etc is fine. Do not use commercially-bound books)
  • An entry form must be taped to the inside front cover of your book.
  • Entries must be handed to Mrs Wray in the front office by WEDNESDAY 5 JUNE so we can deliver your entries before the closing date.

Entry forms are available online from the Children’s Book Council of Australia WA Branch:

See samples of previous winning entries:

If you have questions or you have trouble downloading an entry form, please email me (

Rebecca Newman

Choral Speaking Club coordinator



Due to the withdrawal of several ladies who have been arranging the Church flowers for many years, there is now a critical shortage of flower arrangers for the weekend Masses. The Parish is looking for volunteers to join this dedicated team. You would only be rostered on 4-5 times per year. If you love flowers and would like to help out by joining this ministry, please phone Rossana Terpolilli, the Parish Secretary, on 9384 0598 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays from 9.30am-2.30pm. Thanks


What’s on next week?

Tuesday- Snowball Painting and Playing a Piano/ Talent Show Practice

Wednesday- Polar Bear Paper Craft and Playing a Piano/ Talent show Practice

Thursday- Nature Scavenger Hunt and Chocolate Rice Puffs cooking activity

Friday- Winter Paper Plate Craft and Farmer Sam Tag Game

The Extend Superstars are…

Miguel Kerber Araujo for showing his amazing talent in singing and for always being keen to participate in Extend’s activities.

Elea Indaimo for her wonderful talent in playing guitar and for sharing brilliant activity ideas to Extend After School Care program. Thank You Elea, you are such an inspiration to others.

Very exciting News!

As part of the Enrichment Program this Term, children of After School Care will be hosting an Open Afternoon in the theme of ”Extend’s Got Talent”. We are all excited to strut our stuff in front of our friends, teachers and parents. Please join us on the 17th of June at 4:30 pm onwards and witness the amazing talents that the children have been practicing for the past few weeks such as singing, dancing, playing musical instruments, simple yoga poses and more! Everyone is invited to come!

What’s Been Happening?

These past two weeks we have been doing “Science Experiments” such as Lava Lamp and Volcanic Eruption Science Experiment, “Cooking Activities”, like coconut ice and chocolate coconut balls making and “Arts and Crafts“ such as pattern worms, stick puppet and foam cups snowmen.

Extend Before and After School Care

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St Thomas' Community Partners