St Thomas' News
23 July 2021
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
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)
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bianca Della Vedova
BISHOPS’ RELIGIOUS LITERACY ASSESSMENT
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
YEAR THREE iPADS
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.
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,
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
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
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 www.keyedupmusic.com.au/enrolment-form