St Thomas' News
21 September 2022
Thursday 22 September - National Day of Mourning
Friday 23 September - Pupil Free Day
End of Term Three
Monday 10 October - Pupil Free Day
Tuesday 11 October - First day of Term Four (Kindergarten to Year 6)
Tuesday 11 October - Penance Parent/Student Workshop 6 pm
Wednesday 12 October - Parent Teacher Interviews K, 1, 5 & 6
Thursday 13 October - Parent Teacher Interviews PP, 2, 3 & 4
Thursday 13 October - Interschool swimming training
Friday 14 October - Interschool swimming training
Friday 14 October - Surfing commences Y6
(Full 2022 term dates at the end of this newsletter)
For the challenges, the successes, and the mistakes from which we have learnt.
Be with us as we spend our time with family and friends.
Give us strength and courage to do what is right; to be witnesses of our faith.
Help us to be a practical Christian these holidays, to appreciate what others do for us, to give time and effort to help others, to be peacemakers in our family.
Keep us safe in our activities; give us good rest and good fun.
Bring us back refreshed and ready for a new term.
We thank you for our classmates, teachers, parents and a community that cares for us.
May we always be conscious of you in our lives.
From the Acting Principal
ARTS SHOW / OPEN MORNING / 'CHIN-CHIN'
A huge thank you to all members of our school community who contributed to our biennial Arts Show, the Open morning and our Parents and Friends 'Chin-Chin' with art auction. The creativity of the students was clearly on display with the many art pieces, as noted by the federal minister for Curtin, Kate Chaney, who officially opened the show. A massive congratulations and thank you to Mrs Kate Byrne and Mrs Corinna Herbert for their leadership of Arts at St Thomas', and in particular of this special day. There were a significant number of helpers for these three events, prior to and on the day - from staff, parents & friends. Thank you so very much for your contributions to making this day a fantastic celebration of all things art.
Mrs Corrina Herbert, Performing Arts teacher, has accepted the position of Head of Arts at The King's College, Wellard, commencing Term One, 2023. This is an exciting and well-deserved promotional opportunity for Corinna, although it is a great loss for our school community. In her two years at St Thomas', Corinna has transformed our Music and Drama programs and the overall offerings within the Performing Arts area. The introduction of Drama Club, as well as the school musical, have been particular highlights during Corinna's time here. Her collaborative, positive, 'can-do' attitude has been so very much appreciated by students, staff and parents. We wish Corinna well in her new position.
Please note that these meetings have been moved to Wednesday 12 October (Kindy, Years 1, 5, 6) and Thursday 13 October (Pre-primary, Years 2, 3, 4). All existing bookings have been applied to the new dates. The PTO booking site will remain open until the day before the meetings. A reminder that these meetings will be conducted online through Microsoft Teams.
Thank you to Mrs Sharon Seaman, staff and parent helpers who made our school Athletics Carnival and yesterday's Interschool Athletics carnival, two days of great competition and fun. The students exhibited outstanding behaviour and sportsmanship during these events. There is a considerable amount of organisation that occurs prior to, during as well as after the carnivals, and we thank Mrs Seaman for her organisation and hard work, inside and outside of school hours. A big congratulations to the students for their efforts and their pursuit of personal excellence, as discussed in the lead-up to these events.
'Compassion' and 'Community' have been our values focus points over the past two weeks. It is great to witness students report to staff when they identify another student displaying these values - something that I am hearing is occurring more and more as we move through the year.
Please note that Monday 10 October, staff will be taking part in a professional development day regarding our whole-school social-emotional program, Highway Heroes. The staff look forward to continuing the development of this program in our school context. Students will return for the start of Term Four on Tuesday 11 October.
A reminder that parents who intend for their child to not return to St Thomas' next year (except Year Six students) must complete a Student Departure Form and return it to the school by this Friday, 23 September. Please read the note below for more information.
Congratulations to our Merit Winners
Congratulations to our Interschool Chess Champions
Not returning to St Thomas' Primary in 2023?
A friendly reminder that if your child is not returning to St Thomas' Primary School for the 2023 school year, then a Student Departure Form must be completed giving one full terms notice (not applicable to Y6). This means we need to receive this form by the end of this current term (Friday 23 September). This will allow for planning in staffing and also in accepting new students who have applied and are currently on waitlist.
Should notice be received after this date a full term's tuition fee penalty will apply.
The form is available by emailing Julie: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ST THOMAS’ ATHLETICS CARNIVAL 2022
On Thursday 8th September we had perfect weather for our Athletics carnival held at UWA sports ground and it was great to have so many families supporting the event. We were proud of the high level of participation, sportsmanship and effort shown by all the students who participated in various athletics and novelty events. Thank you to all 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. Special thank you to ‘Crazy about Brew’ coffee van who served our community with hot and cold beverages as well as a selection of food throughout the whole carnival.
This year we aligned National Health and Physical Education (HPE) Day with our Athletics Carnival.
Please see below a message from Dr Sue Whatman ACHPER President:
Thank you for participating in National HPE Day 2022.
This year, over 45,000 students participated in the day from all over Australia. Whole school fun runs, carnivals, dance parties and obstacle courses were highly popular, as were healthy breakfast bars, meditation and active brain breaks in class. It was fantastic to see the emphasis on healthy minds and healthy bodies.
We look forward to welcoming you back next year.
Dr Sue Whatman ACHPER President
Congratulations to Gittens who were our overall winners and to Sheridan winning the ‘spirit award’ for 2022.
Please see below for all of the results and records broken on the day;
OVERALL CHAMPION FACTION
1st Gittens 2720 points
2nd Forrest 2556 points
3rd Sheridan 2218 points
Spirit Award – Sheridan
Champions and Runner Up Champion
Year 6 Champion Girl Amelie T
Year 6 Runner Up Champion Girl Alice R
Year 6 Champion Boy Lux E
Year 6 Runner Up Champion Boy Jack H
Year 5 Champion Girl Lily G
Year 5 Runner Up Champion Girl Amelie G
Year 5 Champion Boy Hamish L
Year 5 Runner Up Champion Boy Charlie D
Year 4 Champion Girl Maxine S
Year 4 Runner Up Champion Girl Arielle P
Year 4 Champion Boy Harrison C
Year 4 Runner Up Champion Boy Inderpal S
Year 3 Champion Girl Ha D
Year 3 Runner Up Champion Girl Ivy C
Year 3 Champion Boy Charlie J
Year 3 Runner Up Champion Boy Luke F
Year 2 Champion Girl Maddy G
Year 2 Runner Up Champion Girl Beatrice B
Year 2 Champion Boy Cruz L
Year 2 Runner Up Champion Boy Thomas V
Year 1 Champion Girl Maggie G
Year 1 Runner Up Champion Girl Elisabeth C
Year 1 Champion Boy Hudson W
Year 1 Runner Up Champion Boy Samuel J
Girls Open: Gold Lily G Silver Amelie T Bronze Caoimhe P
Boys Open: Gold Charlie D Silver Tom B Bronze Jude K
There were a number of records broken this year. Congratulations to the following students:
Yr 1 Girls Standing Long Jump Maggie D
Yr 1 Boys Standing Long Jump Hudson W
Yr 1 Boys Vortex Throw Hudson W
Yr 1 Girls 50m Maggie D
Yr 1 Boys 50m Hudson W
Yr 1 Girls 100m Maggie D
Yr 1 Boys 100m Hudson W
Yr 2 Girls Standing Long Jump Javiera D
Yr 2 Girls Vortex Throw Madeline G
Yr 2 Girls 50m Madeline G
Yr 2 Girls 100m Madeline G
Yr 3 Boys Teeball Throw Luke F
Yr 3 Boys 200m Charlie J
Yr 5 Girls Turbo Javelin Emily C
Thank you for a wonderful day!
Return it WA - Containers for Change
On Monday 5th September, David from Return it WA spoke to the children about the importance of how we can do our bit for the environment. Now we have a large purple bin where the children can place their empty drink bottles in and the money raised will go towards purchasing more classroom equipment. Only empty drink containers are to go into this bin not food, containers must be empty, lids must be off and straws taken out. Please remind your children as this teaches them the importance of recycling and respectfulness towards the staff who count them and Mrs Seaman who takes them from school to be recycled.
So far this term we have raised $35.50 a tremendous effort by everyone.
INTERSCHOOL ATHLETICS CARNIVAL
On Tuesday 20th September, 47 students represented our school at the Interschool Athletics carnival at the WA state Athletics centre.
Overall St Thomas came 5th overall, with 10 points separating 4th and 5th, the boys were 4th over all and the top four schools were between 20 points of one another which was so close! The girls finished 8th overall.
Well done to those students who run up a division or two and filled in events for those students who were unable to attend. Once again, the student’s behaviour was immaculate and admired their sportsmanship way of supporting one another all day. A huge credit to everyone for finishing their races and preforming at the jump and throws stations. Well done St Thomas’.
Swimming Training – Years 3-6 students who are in the Interschool Swimming team only.
Thursday and Friday mornings - Week 1 and 2 of Term 4, 7.30am Claremont Pool.
Interschool Swimming Carnival – Years 3-6 selected students. This was postponed in Term 1 due to covid.
HBF Stadium - Monday 24th October 2022
Physical Education Specialist Teacher
Catholic Performing Arts Awards 2022
With the close of 2022 Catholic Performing Arts Festival we celebrate the personal achievements of all our students who entered this year. 75 students from years 3-6 participated in 39 CPAF entries including Bible reading, instrumental solo and duets (violin, guitar, drums, vocals), Sacred and Choral Choir, Speech and Drama monologue and duologues and a Group Drama performance.
We are excited to announce that the following students were awarded Certificates of Merit, Excellence and Outstanding for their performances. These certificates will be presented to the students at Monday morning gathering in week 2 next term;
Natalia R- Certificate of Outstanding
Alice R- Certificate of Outstanding
Guy S - Certificate of Excellence
Emily C- Certificate of Outstanding
Chloe Chatfield- Certificate of Merit
Kian AR- Certificate of Excellence
Jett E and Hamish L- Certificate of Merit
Jack D- Certificate of Excellence
Primary Sacred Choral Music- Certificate of Excellence
Primary Choral Singing- Certificate of Merit
Chloe C- Certificate of Excellence
Chloe S & Rebecca W- Certificate of Excellence
Jacob J & Elea I- Certificate of Excellence
Hamish L & Tom B- Certificate of Excellence
Jackson D- Nominated for the Primary Instrumental Shield and Awarded a Certificate of Achievement.
Natalia R- Overall Bible Reading Shield Winner- Monsignor Nestor Award 2022
Thank you to the teachers and parents that supported our students at these event. We are incredible proud of their achievements.
Enrolments are now being taken for siblings and new students wishing to commence Kindergarten at St Thomas’ Primary School in 2023. Families with children eligible for Pre-kindergarten in 2023 are required to complete a Pre-kindergarten enrolment application form.
Attendance: Children may attend Pre-kindergarten as soon as they turn three years of age.
Program: Friday. Children who are 3 years of age may also attend our combined three and four year old program on Thursdays.
For further information, please contact Julie Wray at the school office on 92869500.
Self-Reporting Portal for COVID-19
It is vitally important that parents and caregivers inform the school if your child tests positive for COVID-19. Parents and caregivers can inform the school of their child’s positive or negative COVID result via this LINK.
A friendly reminder to also register your positive RAT result to the WA Health RAT Register on this LINK
2022 TERM DATES
- TERM 1
- Monday 31 January - Friday 8 April
- TERM 2
- Tuesday 26 April – Friday 1 July
- TERM 3
- Tuesday 19 July – Thursday 22 September
- TERM 4
- Tuesday 11 October – Friday 9 December
Pupil free days:
Friday 3 June
Monday 18 July
Monday 22 August
Friday 23 September
Monday 10 October
Monday 7 March (Labor Day)
Monday 25 April (ANZAC Day)
Monday 6 June (WA Day)