St Thomas' News

23 July 2021

St Thomas’ Primary School is part of a faith community centred on the life of Jesus, as expressed in our Motto, ‘Together in Christ’

Our Vision is to 'Educate the Whole Child' and empower learners as global citizens, to be curious, collaborative, creative and critical thinkers, inspired by Christ.

Important Dates


26 July - Performing Arts Piano Solos this week

26 July - Advisory Council 7 pm

03 August - Year 5 & 6 Parent Workshop - Digii Social 6pm

03 August - P & F Meeting 7pm

04 August - Parish Mass Y4

06 August - Prayer Service Mary Mackillop 9 am

07 August - Feast of Mary Mackillop

10 August - ICAS Digital Technologies

11 August - Parish Mass Y3

11 August - Highway Heroes Parent Information Session (Years K-6) 6.30pm

(Babysitting available)

11 August - Confirmation Retreat Y6

12 August - Robogals - Yrs 4 - 6 girls

13 August - Feast of the Assumption Prayer Service 9 am

14 August - Feast of the Assumption

16 August - Science Week

17 August - ICAS English

18 August - Parish Mass Y2

18 August - ICAS English

20 August - Assembly Y4

20 August - Jumps & Throws Yrs 1 & 2

20 August - Y6 Confirmation 5:30 pm

23 August - Start of Book Week

23 August - MS Readathon

23 August - Choral Singing CPAF

24 August - ICAS Science

24 August - Advisory Council 7 pm

25 August - Jumps & Throws Yrs 3 - 6

25 August - ICAS Science Y2

26 August - Jumps & Throws Yrs 5 & 6

27 August - Jumps & Throws Yrs 1 - 4

30 August - Drama Club Assembly & Drama Club Showcase Evening

31 August - Fathers Day Liturgy

31 August - CPAF - Speech & Drama Duologue Yrs 5&6 Drama

01 September - Parish Mass Y1

01 September - CPAF Drama Plays Yrs 5 & 6

01 September - ICAS Mathematics Yrs 2 - 4

02 September - ICAS Mathematics Yrs 5 & 6

03 September - St Thomas' Athletics Carnival

07 September - P & F Meeting 7pm

08 September - Parish Mass Y6

12 September - Busy Bee

14 September - Open Morning - Prospective families

14 September - Parent/Student Workshop Maths/STEM in Action 2pm

15 September - Oracy Y3

15 September - Parish Mass Y5

16 September - School Waste Education Day

17 September - Assembly Y3

21 September - Interschool Athletics Carnival Yrs 3 - 6

21 September - Advisory Council 7 pm

22 September - Parish Mass Y4

23 September - Last Day of Term Three for all students

24 September - PUPIL FREE DAY

(Please note dates & events are subject to change)


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Dear Parents and Friends

A warm welcome back to all. I hope you and your children had a lovely holiday break. It has been an absolute pleasure to see so many happy and excited faces each day.

New Students & Staff

We are pleased to welcome Sophie (Year 6), Lux (Year 5), John (Year 3), Varren (Year 3), Elizabeth (Year 1) and their families to St Thomas' this week.


We welcome Mrs Nicola Hurst as our Health Specialist with Mrs Corinna Herbert increasing her role this term to include Literacy & Numeracy Support whilst Mrs Barry is on leave. Mrs Herbert will still continue in her role in Music and Performing Arts. Miss Hannah Antulov will also join our St Thomas' team as an Education Assistant in Kindergarten and Upper Primary.

Winter Weather

During the holiday break, several of our classrooms sustained water damage. Whilst it has caused the relocation of some working spaces this week, we have been fortunate to have all rooms functional, except for the school hall, as we wait for carpet stock to arrive from the Eastern States. A big thank you to Saheed and Karen Hiedari for their handyman services and to so many of our parents who offered their generous support to ensure that our classrooms were open on day one.

NAIDOC Celebrations

On Wednesday, all students at St Thomas,’ participated in NAIDOC celebrations organised by Mr Godsall (Year 5) and Miss Lee (Pre-primary). Commencing with a prayer liturgy in the Library, followed by activities with their buddies, students were immersed in several cultural experiences throughout the day. In their classes, students explored the Noongar language and provided some creative ideas for naming our new Nature Play area on the school oval.

Tiny Toms – 0-3 Years Program @ St Thomas’

We had a successful start to our new ‘Tiny Toms’ program this week with nine families in attendance. Facilitated by Mrs Brianna Kirkbride (Early Years Educator) the session for parents and their children between 0-3 years was enjoyed by all. Please feel free to attend these sessions on Wednesday mornings between 8.45 – 10.15am.

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Catholic Performing Arts Festival

On Thursday morning, Mrs Herbert (Music & Performing Arts) and I attended the Opening Liturgy for the Catholic Performing Arts Festival for 2021 with our Drama Captain Archie Rhodes and our Choir Captain Madison Zappera. During the Liturgy, various genres of performing arts were showcased. This year St Thomas’ has increased entries in the festival starting with the Bible Reading competition on Friday morning followed by entries in sacred and choral Choir, solo -piano, percussion, vocal, guitar and violin, speech and drama duologues and group drama. There are 163 Catholic schools and 20,000 students participating. We have 33 individual and duet entries and approximately 60 students involved across our four group entries. Mrs Herbert has done an amazing job in organising these entries. We wish all our competing students well as they strive for excellence in their field.

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Staff Professional Development – Monday 19 July

On our pupil free day prior to the students returning to school, staff explored responses to the school climate survey and strategic planning workshops to develop some strategic directions for the future. One of the identified areas of focus was behaviour management. The staff are currently reviewing our plan and policy and will be using parent feedback in this review.

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Highway Heroes

On Tuesday evening, staff received training on ‘Highway Heroes’ a socio-emotional learning program for students in Years 1-6 and ‘Little Highway Heroes’ a program for Kindergarten and Pre-primary students. Highway Heroes is a comprehensive Social and Emotional Learning primary years curriculum. It is applicable at a whole school level, within a classroom and for individual or group therapy sessions. The presenter, Claire Orange, is the co-Director of BEST Programs 4 Kids and the Director of DiGii Social.

Parents are invited to attend an information session on this program on Wednesday 11 August at 6.30pm in the school Library. Babysitting will be available.

God bless

Natalia Thomson


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P&F News

P&F All Out '80s Quiz Night: And the Grand Total is ...

It is with great excitement that we announce the Grand Total raised from this year's P&F All Out '80s Quiz Night was an incredible ... $16,569.50!

We will be rounding up our donation, so the St Thomas P&F will be donating an amazing $17,000 towards our School Robotics Program!

This will see more robots in every classroom and more robotics learning opportunities for every child from Pre-Primary to Year 6!

Our deepest thanks again to my fellow P&F Executive - Mel Trend, Mel Di Latte and Tom Curnow - for your outstanding efforts with this year's Quiz Night and all our St Thomas families who donated, attended and/or organised a prize or auction item for the Quiz Night, as well as those businesses within our extended St Thomas community that donated a prize or auction item. Without you, this simply would not have been possible!

We can't wait to see all our children reap the rewards and greatly benefit from this huge boost to our School Robotics Program.

Busy Bee

We're excited to roll up our sleeves and get some jobs done at this year's Family Busy Bee to be held on Sunday, 12 September in advance of the St Thomas Open Day. A fun few hours for the whole family. Put the date in your diary and stay tuned for more details.

P&F Meetings

This Term the P&F will meet at 7pm in the Library on Tuesday, 3 August and Tuesday, 7 September. We hope to see you there.

Best wishes

Bianca Della Vedova


Assistant Principal


On Monday 26 July, all Year Three and Year Five students will take part in a practice and familiarisation session with the Bishops’ Religious Literacy Assessment (BRLA). As with NAPLAN, it is important that students are familiar with logging on to the BRLA website, as well as how the online assessment will present questions to them. The assessment will take place on Thursday 5 August (Week Three of this term). It is important that students have fully charged iPads for the practice test and the actual test, headphones and keyboards if they are comfortable using these devices. I ask parents to ensure students arrive at school on time so they can participate in these important assessments. If you have any queries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at


An exciting addition to St Thomas’ Primary School’s co-curricular offerings is the introducing of Coding Club for all students in Years One to Year Six. The program will be available during lunchtime for Years One to Three students, and as an after school option on Thursdays (3pm-4pm) for students in Years Four to Six. I understand Thursday after school conflicts with several sport training and other commitments students may have, and we can look at modifying times later in the year. A note for parents of interested students will be going home soon, and provides parents with information about the program, as well as organisational elements including pick up and drop-off. I look forward to sharing the activities of the Coding Club through future newsletters.


Thank you to all parents who attended the Year Three iPad parent meeting on Wednesday 21 July. The meeting was designed to raise awareness of the many ways parents can use to assist their children to use the iPad appropriately and for its primary purpose as a learning device. The PowerPoint used, including screenshots and links, has been sent to all Year Three parents for your reference as needed. If you would like any assistance in modifying settings, such as screen limits and guided access within apps, please contact myself or Mrs Lila Gibbs and we can arrange a time to meet/call to ensure you are comfortable with how your child is using the iPad at home. I encourage your feedback on the meeting as well as feedback regarding the 1:1 iPad program we have here at St Thomas’ Primary School. Creating aware and respectful digital citizens is an important part of our learning program, and the vision we have for all students here at St Thomas’, and we thank you for your support of the important skills we are all teaching students at home and at school.

Heath Nankivell

Assistant Principal

TED Talk- "Help all kids Thrive by Five"

This is a fantastic presentation that I recommend all parents to watch. "What if I was to tell you that a game of peek-a-boo could change the world?" asks seven-year-old Molly Wright, one of the youngest-ever TED speakers. Breaking down the research-backed ways parents and caregivers can support children's healthy brain development, Wright highlights the benefits of play on lifelong learning, behaviour and well-being, sharing effective strategies to help all kids thrive by the age of five. She's joined onstage by one-year-old Ari and his dad, Amarjot, who help illustrate her big ideas about brain science. (This TED Talk was produced in collaboration with Minderoo Foundation as an educational tool for parents and caregivers around the world and is supported by UNICEF.)

Upcoming Liturgies and Masses

We look forward to parents and the community joining in our school celebrations:

6th August- Mary Mackillop Prayer Service 9am presented by Year 2

13th August- Feast of Assumption Mass presented by Year 5

20th August - Confirmation 5.30pm (Year 6)

31st August- Fathers Day Liturgy presented by PP

16th September- St. Thomas Day Mass presented by Year 2

Wishing you a blessed week,

Nicky Sullivan

Assistant Principal

St Thomas' Chess Club

42 students have participated over the Semester from Year 1 to Year 6. Tournament Champion A division winners were Bastian and Kian and B division winners were Ruby R and Bruno C. Congratulations to all participants.

Lets meet the staff at St Thomas'!

Name: Steeve Lee

Position: Finance

Interests: AFL, Horses and a good movie

Football Team: Used to be Carlton

Favourite Food: Fish and chips

Currently Reading: A book called Homo Deus

Favourite Holiday Destination: Norway

3 people you’d invite to dinner: My wife and my two boys

What would you do with your last $50? Give it to someone who needs it more

Favourite Movie: Any Marvel one

Favourite Quote: Success is an awful teacher. It tempts smart people into thinking they can't lose.

Someone you admire: Bill Gates

2021 Term Dates for Students

Term 3

Tuesday 20 July to Thursday 23 September

Term 4

Tuesday 12 October to Friday 10 December

Pupil Free Days

Friday 24 September

Monday 11 October

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Keyed Up Music Lessons

Keyed Up Music will be teaching drums and keyboard lessons this term during school. Lessons start at $18.65 for groups of four per lesson. If you are interested in your son/daughter learning an instrument, ring Savanna on 6107 8841 or 0479 171 424 or enrol at

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