St Thomas' News

11 June 2020


Important Dates

FRIDAY 12 JUNE - Sporting Colours Day

MONDAY 15 JUNE - P&F Meeting - School Library - 7 pm - All welcome

WEDNESDAY 24 JUNE - Parent/Teacher Interviews (PP, Years 2, 4 & 6)

THURSDAY 25 JUNE - Parent/Teacher Interviews (K, Years 1, 3 & 5)

FRIDAY 03 JULY - St Thomas' Feast Day Celebrations

LAST DAY TERM TWO: Friday 03 July

TERM THREE: Tuesday 21 July to Thursday 24 September

Pupil Free Days: Monday 20 July, Monday 24 August & Friday 25 September

TERM FOUR: Tuesday 13 October to Friday 11 December

Pupil Free Day: Monday 12 October


God, our Creator, you created the world in your image,

so we can rejoice in the joy of creation

and get to know you through its beauty.

Show us how to care for the earth, for life and for human dignity,

not only for today, but also for the ages to come.

Do not let our projects or our actions

harm or destroy the beauty of your Creation.

Send us your Spirit, so we can be aware of the value of life and of the planet.


Welcome to St Thomas' Pre Kindy

A special warm welcome to the following children who have joined St Thomas' Pre Kindy this week: Holland and Joseph

We know you will join us in making them and their families feel very welcome.


Dear Parents and Caregivers

World Environment Day

Last Friday was World Environment Day, an international day of environmental awareness and action. Our Year 2 students, who tender our school vegetable garden, have been learning about an easy way to recycle food scraps in a school environment and how we help a garden to thrive, while reducing waste, improving soil and protecting water quality.

Sporting Colours Day – Friday 12 June

On Friday, students from Pre-Primary to Year 6 will participate in a fundraiser for Lifelink 2020. Students may wear sporting colours for the day instead of their school uniform. Please send in a gold coin donation with your child to support those who are less fortunate.

Uniform Requirements

It has been wonderful to see students wearing the correct school uniform during these winter months. Our school uniform provides a sense of belonging and pride of association in students at St Thomas’ School. A copy of the uniform policy can be accessed here:

P & F Meeting 7pm Monday 15 June

All parents are welcome to attend the P & F Meeting this Monday 15 June in the school Library at 7pm.

Have a lovely weekend.

God bless

Natalia Thomson


Future Enrolments at St Thomas'

Enrolments for the 2021 school year and beyond are now open with limited vacancies in all year levels. If you have a child who will be turning three or four in 2021 please contact the school office to ensure that your child is included in our classes for the 2021 school year.

At this stage, we have enrolments confirmed for 2021, 2022, 2023 & 2024 with limited vacancies in some classes. If you have a child that will be commencing school in any of these years, please complete an online form accessible on the website, to secure their enrolment.

ICAS Assessments 2020

A reminder that students from Years 2-6 are eligible to enter the ICAS Competition. ICAS is designed to target students’ higher order thinking and problem-solving skills in English, Mathematics, Science and Digital Technologies.

Information on how to participate in the assessments can be found on the following link:

Parent/Teacher Interviews

Parents and caregivers are requested to book a time through the Parent Teacher Online (PTO) booking site for interviews on:

Wednesday 24 June – Pre-Primary, Year 2, 4 & 6

Thursday 25 June – Kindergarten, Year 1, 3 & 5

Interviews will be of 10 minutes duration.

We request all parents to please enter the school premises through reception. Please sign the visitors book on arrival. You will not required to sign in on the iPad.


Please access the system as follows:

Please click on

· Click “Obtain PIN/Password” and enter your email address.

· Your PIN will be emailed to you.

· Full instructions are provided to you after log in.

· If you experience problems please email Lila Gibbs for assistance.

· You can log in and change bookings any time up to Friday, 19 June, 5.30 pm.

Please note the following points:

· When you log on, the system displays only your child/children.

· You will only see time slots that are available at the time you are using the system. As time slots are booked for teachers, those time slots are no longer displayed.

· When you have made all the bookings you require, you can download or email a report of your bookings in time order for printing.

Semester One Reports 2020

As the delivery of teaching and learning has been severely disrupted by COVID – 19, adjustments have been made to Semester One Reports. These adjustments have been directed by the Minister for Education.

Semester One Reports will not include grades but will include an indication as to whether students are above expected level, at expected level or working towards expected level.

This report will provide information about the student’s learning progress to date.


Student Learning Progress Student's learning progress to date will be noted as:

· 1 = Above Expected Level

· 2 = At Expected Level

· 3 = Working Towards Expected Level

Learning area - student work scale.

The grading scale used to determine student effort in each learning area:

· A = Always

· F = Frequently

· U = Usually

· I = Intermittently

· N = Never

Just a reminder ...

Please remember that if your child/ren arrives after the morning bell (08:45 am) or departs school prior to the end of day (3 pm) they must be signed either in or out on the iPad located in the front office by a parent/guardian. Children are not able to sign in or out of the school by themselves.

The grass verge directly outside the school office is a no standing/no parking area and we encourange you not to use it as the Claremont Rangers impose hefty fines if you are caught! We know its very difficult with the current weather conditions and at times when you are running late for an appointment. If this is the case and you cannot find parking nearby as long as you are briefly dropping off or picking up your child from the office, you can park for 5 minutes in our driveway, outside the basketball court gates on College Road. Please do not park there just before we open the gates for either drop off or pick up, as this will restrict the flow of traffic for others and may cause cars waiting in the line to also be fined by the Town of Claremont.

Thank you for your assistance.

SEQTA Engage

Thank you to all the families who have set up SEQTA Engage. A new Welcome Email will be generated to families who have not yet created an account. Please click on Set up Account on this email and create a Username and Password and follow the prompts. Further instructions are on the St Thomas’ website if required.

It is very important for all families to set up SEQTA Engage as this will be the platform in which you are able to access your child’s academic reports.

Please note your SEQTA Engage page will contain no reports. Reports will go live and be available to view and download during the last week of Term Two 2020.

Kind regards

Mrs Lisa Meyers

Assistant Principal

Lots of fun and learning with Mr. Wray and his worm farm!

The Year Two Class have been caring for the garden and planting vegetables. This week they had a wonderful educational visit from Mr. Wray who bought in hundreds of juicy worms. Mr. Wray showed the children how to establish a worm farm. He talked about the value of composting and the wonderful benefits of a worm farm. The Year Two children are looking forward to using the worm juice on the vegetable patch. They are also going to encourage the other children in the school to add to the compost for the worms. A big thank you to Mr Wray for making the afternoon so special.

Mrs Kate Byrne

Art /Year 2 Teacher

Shoeboxes wanted for St Thomas' Day

For St Thomas' Day as St Thomas' was an architect one of our activities will be to build a St Thomas' Village.

Shoeboxes are needed for this activity. Can you please send in any shoeboxes. They can be put just inside the school office. Thank you to everyone who has already sent them in!

Mrs Nicky Sullivan

Assistant Principal

Lost Property

We have a blue & pink Skechers sandle which we think fell out of a car during drivethrough. If you are missing one please let the office know!

Also please check the names in your children's jumpers and hats, just to make sure they have the correct ones. Please return any to the office which might have made it home by mistake - thank you.

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