St Thomas School Advisory Teams

Last week we held our final School Advisory Team – STEM meeting.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the parents and teachers who were a part of the team over the last three years. The committee comprised Anita Truninger, Felicity Jay, Mei-Ling Ho, James Edwards, Peta Herschderfer and Michael Quinnel.  I have included the list of achievements and areas for further consideration which flowed from the meeting discussions.


  • Increased participation in external competitions and events Da Vinci Decathlon, Atlassian coding day, Taronga Zoo Environment
  • Challenge
  • Engagement of a significant number of external providers of STEM related experts KAPLA bridge blocks, Scope IT/Code4fun, Palaeontologist, Bridge designer, electrician and town planner
  • Involvement of community members in STEM Units 2018 electricians, Town Planners, Structural Engineer, Builder, Bridge Designer,
  • Trial of whole class coding in 2018 leading to all class implementation in 2019
  • Pilot Signature Stem units K- 6 2017 with improved units in 2018 resulting in a parent remarking ‘best open day ever’
  • Robotics used in Year 3 and Stage 3 in 2018.
  • More detailed and robust film unit for Stage 3.

Inclusion of desire for a Maker Space in the architect’s brief for SAT-ALS. See below. The committee felt that communication of school initiatives is still and area for development.

Last fortnight I requested parents consider offering their expertise to our new School Advisory Team – Agile Learning Spaces. We received two wonderful expressions of interest. They were from:

Thomas Lay – Consultant to NSW Department of Education for briefing, design and development for future focus primary and first high rise high school   Briefing and design delivery management experience for future focused schools primary and secondary.

Robyn McKegg – Interior designer; Practical Experience in design and management of interior spaces

We will commence our work in the next few weeks with a meeting including our architect Caroline Hart, from Stanton Dahl Architects who has been contracted by the Catholic Schools Office to support us in the work.