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"It takes a community to raise a child."

There are many ways families can support our school to continue being a community that allows your child to reach their full potential. A bonus is that your child loves seeing you at school.

CLASS PARENT REPRESENTATIVES

Each class at St Thomas the Apostle has at least one parent whose role is to be the point of contact between staff and parents to keep parents informed of upcoming class and school activities, building a sense of community. They plan social events and coordinate pastoral care activities. Any parent is welcome to join their morning teas and become involved.

SCHOOL COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Our parent represenative body is the School Community Council. This year meetings are held on a Monday night at 6.30pm twice a term. New members or interested parents are welcome to come along. More details can be found on the Community Council page.

MORNING PRAYER

Parents are invited to attend Morning Prayer on the stage on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9.00 am. On Mondays the school gathers in the church for Monday Prayer. This is a prayer session for all members of the community and is led by one of the classes. On Friday prayer is held in grade groups throughout the school. Parents and friends are welcome to all of these prayer sessions.

WORKING BEES 

These are conducted several times a year to make improvements to the grounds and facilities at the school.  As all students benefit from the improvement to grounds and facilities all parents are encouraged to attend.  

PARENT HELPERS

Parent helpers are always welcome at St Thomas the Apostle School. This can take the form of listening to students read;  participating in craft activities;  providing help during excursions and camps;  assisting in sports activities, including the coaching and management of school sporting teams;  and assisting with the Sacramental programs by hosting or guiding home nights and attending retreat days. We are always looking for ways to include the talents of our wider community in our curriculum to enrich the learning of our students, so if you have skills or experiences you can share please contact your child's teacher. All adults working with children need a current Working With Vulnerable People card (WWVP). Visit the Working With Vulnerable People page of our website for details. All visitors mus sign the Vistor's Book in the front office and show your WWVP card to Jodie to add to our register.

PARISH/SCHOOL FETE

The Fete is a major parish fundraiser. Planning meetings are advertised in the school newsletter. As this is our only school fundraiser for the year all families are encouraged to be involved. It is a very special event for our entire community. In 2017 the Fete will take place on Saturday 11 November from 10am-2:30pm.

CANTEEN

Our school operates a canteen service on Thursday and Friday.  Orders for lunches can be made on flexischools or are collected in the morning by classroom teachers. We ask that the order be clearly written on a paper bag with the child's name and class and contain correct money if possible.  Lunches are distributed to classes at 12.40. to 1.10 or emergency orders are filled from a limited menu.  A menu with price list is sent home at the beginning of each term and can be found on the canteen page. A range of snacks are available for over the counter purchase at recess and lunch.

APPOINTMENTS WITH TEACHERS

To make an appointment with your child's teacher please contact the school by phone or letter so a mutually convenient time can be arranged.  Teachers will contact parents about any concerns they may have.  Please do not interrupt teachers during class time.  Messages for teachers can be left at the front office either by phone or click here to send email.

PARISH INVOLVEMENT

Families are encouraged to attend Mass at our Parish Church. Fr Peter is always happy to welcome you and to introduce you to other parishoners. Children's ministry is offered at 10am Mass on Sundays. Family Groups plan social activities and are a key element of our community. Our Sacramental Program is Parish based. 

 

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