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School Highlights

The St Thomas School Highlights are a celebration of the positive happenings in our school during the year.

The school highlights include a selection of academic, community, and athletic achievements and also highlight positive events and activities happening within the school.

ACADEMIC:

  • Weekly Collaborative Coaching with all teaching staff to discuss, plan and review student learning growth
  • Weekly Japanese, STEM and Sport lessons for students K to 6
  • Excursions and incursions from K to 6, linked to content in Key Learning Areas
  • Opportunities for students to work with experts in areas of the curriculum
  • Whole School recognition of academic achievement and growth in Whole School Assemblies and End of Year Awards
  • Four Transition to Kindergarten sessions for students and parents

 GIFTED & HIGH POTENTIAL STUDENTS:

  • Acceleration opportunities per grade or subject identified and tracked as Gifted & High Potential
  • Opportunities for students to work with community experts.

DIVERSE LEARNING – LEARNING SUPPORT:

  • Inclusive education for students
  • Individualised data driven adjustments made to learning.

FAITH & MISSION:

  • Active participation in the life of Catholic Parish of Lower North Shore
  • Actively participating Parish & Family Masses, Sacramental Programs, Parish events
  • Social justice and outreach to local and wider community
  • Student led whole school prayer

LEARNING SPACES:

  • Contemporary learning spaces providing room for explicit and differentiated learning zones that allow students to focus, explore and share learning
  • The learning spaces support the diverse ways that individuals work and create a safe and secure environment for students to learn

STUDENT WELLBEING:

  • Recognition and celebration of Indigenous culture and heritage
  • Positive Behaviour for Learning philosophy
  • School Counsellor available weekly
  • Class Buddies across all grades
  • Student Voice Assemblies in small, multi-year groups
  • Designated Wellbeing reference teacher, Wellbeing Family & Staff Week each term
  • Educational assistance dog “Thor” to support students to learn

STUDENT LEADERSHIP:

  • All Year 6 students are elected as school value leaders: Justice, Hope, Collaboration, Compassion, Citizenship and Stewardship
  • Regular mentor meetings for Year 6
  • Leadership mentors developing student leadership skills
  • Year 6 Value Leaders facilitate Student Voice Assemblies K to 6
  • Year 5 preparation for leadership workshops

eLEARNING:

  • All classes equipped with Chrome Books and iPads
  • 1:1 iPad for Year 4 students as tools for learning- CSBB, Apple Education Project
  • Regular instruction for Cyber Safety

CO-CURRICULA & EXTRA CURRICULAR:

  • Student Choir
  • Gifted & High Potential students participate and attend Cluster, Diocesan, State competitions eg Sport, Creative Arts, Literacy, Numeracy
  • Extra Curricula offered before or after school: Chess, Drama, Debating, Senior & Junior Band and individual instrument tuition

PARENT ENGAGEMENT NETWORK:

  • Parent Engagement Network, including class parent network
  • Classroom volunteers, school events and facilitating intervention programs
  • Parent education workshops
  • Social activities for families and parents

BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL CARE:

  • Expert care provided by Whoosh Care, availability each day

 

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