St Thomas' News
20 August 2020
THURSDAY 23 JULY until THURSDAY 17 SEPTEMBER - EDUDANCE
MONDAY 24 AUGUST - Pupil Free Day
FRIDAY 28 AUGUST - First Holy Communion 5.30pm
FRIDAY 11 SEPTEMBER - The Arts Show & Open Day for Prospective Students
TUESDAY 22 SEPTEMBER - School Photo Day
2020 PUPIL FREE DAYS
Monday 24 August
Friday 25 September
Monday 12 October
Planning for 2021
This means we need to be notified by the last day of this term (Term Three) 25 SEPTEMBER 2020. This does not apply to current Year Six students.
Please ensure you give the required notification to avoid the terms penalty fee.
First Holy Communion Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, in the Sacrament of the Eucharist
You left us the outstanding manifestation of your limitless love for us.
Thank You for giving our children the opportunity to experience this love
in receiving the Sacrament for the first time.
May your Eucharist presence keep him/her ever free from sin,
fortified in faith, pervaded by love for God and neighbour, and fruitful in virtue,
that he/she may continue to receive You throughout life
and attain final union with You at death.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Parents and Caregivers
On Wednesday, our Year 4 students participated in a Sacramental Retreat for First Holy Communion led by Sr Catherine Warner, one of our Presentation Sisters. The students will receive the Sacrament for the first time next Friday evening. I ask you to join me in praying for all the Year 4 students who are about to receive the Eucharist. May they know Christ’s love and joy everyday of their lives and may the light of Christ always shine upon them and their families. Many thanks to Mrs Meyers and Father Wayne for preparing the students throughout the term.
Art Show/Open Day
There is a lot of excitement in Art and Music at the moment amidst preparations for the Arts Show on Friday September 11. A big thank you to parents who are assisting and organising classroom art pieces; a truly collaborative showcase of student talents.
Students celebrated National Science Week with a Science Extravaganza in the hall on Wednesday afternoon. There were potions, lava, experiments and so much more. A big thank you to Mrs Keatch and students from Years 4-6 who researched and shared their science experiences.
Enrolments for Pre Kindergarten for 2021
If you have a child who is turning 3 between now and the end of the year, or before the 30 June next year, they are eligible to attend Pre-Kindergarten class in 2021. Please contact the office for an enrolment form or spread the word to family and friends. Please note that enrolment in our three year old program is independent of our regular Kindergarten program and is available two days per week, Monday and Friday.
School Board Meeting
The School Board will be meeting next Tuesday 25 August in the school library at 7pm.
Pupil Free Day
Please note this Monday 24 August is a Pupil Free Day.
Our Award Winners
Mrs Thomson advised us that Phase 4 COVID restrictions are currently in place which means we still are not able to have parents support with in-class activities or involvement with whole of school events. However, the school has been able to safely hold activities such as St Thomas’ Feast Day where the students were thrilled to have the Presentation Sisters attend.
Enrolment news is positive with Pre-Kindy numbers on both days (Monday and Friday) increasing indicating strong attendance for the Kindy class in 2021.
Marketing continues to be a focus with Mrs Myers providing an update and analysis on our social media activities which is showing a positive uptick across all platforms. The School’s Open Day, on the 11th September, is shaping up to be a major promotional event. The Board was advised of the proposed structure for the day and the many activities and performances on display by the students. Please be sure to encourage your friends and family to attend.
The Building and Maintenance Subcommittee continue to work diligently, providing Mrs Thomson with quotes and advice. The school has recently completed a range of maintenance works including the refurbishment of the Year 4 ceiling, upgrading the school’s electrical board and fixing gutters around the school. Other works being planned include a new perimeter fence inclusive of gates for the pick-up and drop-off area; resurfacing of the basketball court and new bike racks.
We now have a new long-jump pit and contractors will soon be commencing construction of the new nature play area. The Board is pleased and honoured to represent the school community and we look forward to working with you, Mrs Thomson and staff in creating a positive, safe and stimulating environment for our children at St Thomas'.
Our last meeting was a bumper edition with something for everyone. We had a presentation from Karen Jones about our new NATURE PLAY Area. The P&F has contributed $30,000 towards this great project, which includes the upgrade of our current playgrounds and a new long jump pit. You may have also noticed the new bike rack in the kindy area and an additional rack near the netball court. Works will be commencing soon to have them properly installed for maximum use.
Discussions and planning was done for our up and coming ART SHOW and open day.
A BUSY BEE is on the agenda to spruce up our gardens. A very big thank you for the tireless efforts of Bianca Della Vedova, who has secured a small grant from Bunnings to go towards new equipment and plants for our VEGETABLE PATCH.
The CANTEEN provider was up for review as well and a survey will be out soon from Damira Relota, our canteen coordinator, to ask about your needs as a family at St Thomas' Primary School.
Finally, a big thank you to the very enthusiastic and talented bunch of parents who have put up their hand to assist in any way they can, with all these projects. Many hands make light work.
Stay tuned for some great results.
Debating at St Thomas’ – An important skill in real life!
Ever wondered how lawyers construct winning closing arguments? How politicians go about convincing the public that their policies are good for the country? How salespeople induce a fervent desire for the latest product?
The techniques of persuasive speaking are in use all around us. Giving students the opportunity at St Thomas’ Primary to take part in a Debating program is an exciting way to demystify the art to persuasion.
Debating is also a team sport played with words. Each team tries to score goals (points) by making arguments. They also try to defend against the other team’s points by giving reasons (rebuttals) why they are wrong. There is also an adjudicator, who is like a referee, who decides whether a point was scored or not.
These exciting 8 week workshops that Years 5 and 6 participate in term 3, demystify the art of persuasion and put these tools directly in their hands.
- how to keep your message simple and memorable
- to use surprise to get your audience thinking
- using facts and figures to convince your audience
- trading on credibility - your own and other people's
- emotional connection - the power of pathos
- using powerful stories to connect with your audience
Coffee Van required
Term 3 – Athletics Carnival
Friday 4th September - St Thomas' Athletics Carnival
Thank you to those parents who have volunteered to assist on the day and I will be in touch.
Jumps and Throws for Years 1-6
Wednesday 26th August – Years 3-6 Jumps and/or throws depending on weather
Thursday 27th August – Years 5-6 Jumps and/or throws depending on weather, during class time
Friday 28th August - Years 3-4 Jumps and/or throws depending on weather, during class time
Friday 21st and 28th August - Years 1 and 2 Jumps and/or throws depending on weather, during class time.
The student points will count towards champion points and calculated together at the St Thomas Athletics carnival.
Thursday 24th September – Interschool Athletics Carnival
Term 4 – Cross Country – Save the date
Friday 16th October - St Thomas Cross Country Carnival
Monday 26th October - Interschool Cross Country Carnival (new date)
Athletics Coaching afterschool update
Unfortunately, the above will not occur this year due to lack of coaches through Sporting Schools Australia. There will be training for the interschool team (Years 3 - 6) after our Athletics Carnival in September.
Soccer 5 week program - Starting Wednesday 26th August 3.15 – 4pm
Dean Evans, the Co-Owner of The Football Centre, a one of a kind indoor training, development and tournament facility based in Osborne Park is running a 5 week soccer program soccer from Wednesday 26th August.
To book for the 5 week program please use the link below and scroll down to St Thomas Primary school.
All TFC coaches have their First Aid and current Working with Children Checks. To find out more about our coaches please click here
Physical Education Teacher