School Advisory Committee
This evening I meet with a dedicated group of parents who make up our School Advisory Committe (SAC). The SAC plays an important role as a focus group of parents to assist with decision making at the school level. We have a number of vacancies on the Committee and would love to have new people who might be interested in joining the SAC. After this evening's meeting we will send out nomination forms indicating the number of places and roles available.
For your information the purpose of the SAC is to:
- act as an advisory body to the principal on matters concerning education in the
- act as a forum for discussion on matters concerning education in the school
- provide a link between the parish priest, principal, teachers and parishioners in
relation to the provision of Catholic education in the parish community
- promote community development by fostering a strong inter-relationship between
the parish, the primary school and Catholic secondary colleges.
The responsibilites of the SAC include:
- promote the Catholic ethos of the school
- provide feedback on and review of school policies
- plan for the future of the school and its ability to accommodate future enrolments
- promote child safety in the school
Please consider taking up a place on the SAC to be part of the conversations about the school into 2021-22.
As Lent draws closer to Holy Week we remember that this Sunday marks a moment of triumphant arrival. Jesus arrives in Jerusalem in popular acclaim; but those expecting a political leader who would lead an uprising against the Roman invader were to be disappointed. The mission entrusted to Jesus was not to solve the immediate situation of the Jewish people but to offer all humanity hope in salvation.
Often in life we hope that the new person will fix everything that is seen as wrong; the new coach, the new boss, the new leader. As the reality of the situation and the impact of change become apparent we can become disillusioned. Perhaps like the Jewish people we need to remember that sometimes the story is bigger than us and that the change we are undergoing is going to lead to a new experience and journey.
My prayers and blessings for you all as our term comes to a close. I wish you all a happy and holy Easter and a safe and restful holidays.
Palm Sunday/Holy Week
In our communities across the school, we are exploring with the children, the most important week of the Church's year - Holy Week. Palm Sunday is this coming weekend. We asked the children to keep Jesus close in their hearts, to remember how much He loves them, and to spend time in prayer with Him. Encourage your children to reflect on Jesus’ Passion and journey to the Cross this coming week by bringing them along to the Holy Week services in your parish. The way to reflect on the cross, is to highlight this as the ultimate symbol of love. He died for us, and was put through immense suffering, but ultimately because Jesus wants us to live eternally with Him. Allow the cross to be a reminder of God’s love.
Congratulations to all the children who celebrated their First Reconciliation on Saturday. It is a very fitting time to receive this sacrament as we come to the end of Lent. This sacrament, as with all sacraments, is a way for us to form a closer relationship with God.
Lastly, a reminder to all to bring back the Project Compassion boxes to school. Many thanks for your generosity.
Parents should notify the school of any absence by 9.00am. This can be done via PAM or alternatively by contacting the school by phone.
If families are wanting to take a holiday during term time a formal request must be made to the Principal via email firstname.lastname@example.org. On request a form will be sent to you and on completion approval can be granted.
Winter Uniform will be required to be worn from Term 2. Uniforms can be purchased from PSW located in Hampton Park.
Hats are compulsory until the beginning of May and then from the 1st of September. Please note that due to government health regulations the school cannot provide spare hats to the students.
NB: Please clearly label your child's items of clothing so they can be returned to your child if handed to lost property.
Important Term Dates
|31st March||Last day of Term 1 for students|
|1st April||School Closure Day|
|19th April||Term 2 commences|
Anzac Appeal badges 2021
St. Thomas the Apostle is pleased to participate in the Anzac Day appeal this year.
All funds from this appeal are used in the welfare work carried out by the RSL for Ex- Service men, women and their families.
Badges will be available for sale at school next week during lunchtime and are priced at $1/ gold coin donation.
Your donation helps greatly and will support all veterans in need.