From The Principal

Dear Parents,

What a week we have had! In the words of one parent on her way out the gate, ‘That is the best Open Classrooms ever!’

You will remember that we suffered a deluge on Tuesday morning and many parents offered students the day off. It was reported to me by more than a handful of parents that the unanimous response from children was that they were not going to miss school because it is STEM week.

I hope you enjoyed seeing the range of exciting opportunities offered across the school. If you were not able to get here the staff have provided some thumbnail sketches of the class project for you to view in the newsletter.

STAFF CHANGES 2019

Yesterday we had the news that Mrs Thielbeer had been successful in obtaining a job close to home on the southern side of the bridge which will provide much needed family time with her twins. We wish Renee every blessing in this exciting phase of her work. The recruitment process to fill her position has now commenced.

Mrs Therese Walsh will be joining us as Special Needs teacher for 2019. Therese has worked in this area of education for many years currently at Our Lady Help of Christians Epping and Prouille Wahroonga. She brings with her a rich tapestry of experience and knowledge. We welcome Therese to St Thomas.

REMINDERS

We are now at the pointy end of the year.

  • Step Up afternoon is next Tuesday 11th December at 2pm. This is when all classes will move to their 2019 class and have their new teacher work with them for the afternoon.
  • Our annual Prize Giving is next Friday at 9am on the Carmody Court, please join us for a coffee and cake thank you morning tea afterwards at 9:45am.
  • Reports also go home next Friday and at the same time Class Lists and Stationery Pack information for 2019 will be sent out.

PRIVACY

A quick reminder to all parents that any personal information you hold regarding other parents (addresses/ phone numbers etc) which you have obtained as part of a school committee in 2018 must be deleted at the end of the school year to comply with privacy legislation.

STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAY

Thursday 20 December is a SDD at St Thomas, a Google form under Whole School is on School Stream offering childcare for the day. Please complete it as soon as possible so that staffing can be arranged.

KISS & RIDE

As many of you have noticed Willoughby Council has taken an interest in our kiss & Ride due to complaints from local residents who are concerned that the practice of double parking in Forsyth Street will result in an accident on the corner of High St and Forsyth St. Cars wishing to move into High St must form a third line of traffic which necessitates them moving onto the wrong side of the road.

On Monday two parking officers attended and warned parents that they would be booking the following day. The fine is $304 and 2 demerit points.

Apparently some parents indicated that they had to stop in the No Stopping Zone in order to collect their child. I thought I would reiterate our advice to you sent out a couple of times each year: please click here to read procedures again.