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Our Community

St Thomas More Primary School Mt Eliza

One of the many things that sets St Thomas More’s apart is our strong sense of community. Parents are not only welcome at STM, but are encouraged to be an active part of their children’s learning journey with us.  From your child’s very first day at school, you will be warmly welcomed as part of our school community and will find many and varied opportunities to be involved in the life of the school.

 

Through the many community events that occur each year, parents and children alike make friendships at STM that will last a lifetime. Whether it be through special school celebrations, working bees, fundraising events or social events, there are so many opportunities to get involved and become an integral part of our community.

 

Our aim is to have a school community that is connected and engaged and that participates and supports school and Parish life. We endeavour to have a shared vision between teachers, parents and children that is built upon mutual respect. We aim to maintain strong relationships between the school and home and believe in the importance of open communication.

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Our Parish

At STM we are proud of our strong connection between our Parish and School. T​he school and Parish work together to develop the faith formation of our students, teachers and the community. Students have regular opportunities to attend Mass and share experiences with our fellow Parishioners.

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School Advisory Council

The St Thomas More School Advisory Council (SAC) consists of the Principal, Parish Priest, a staff representative and parents from the school community. The primary role of the SAC is to support the Principal and Parish Priest by providing advice on educational matters within the context of the school’s vision and mission statements.

School parents who would like to be on the School Advisory Council, are invited to submit an expression of interest when a position on the Council becomes available.

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Parents Association

The STM Parents Association consists of a group of dedicated parents who work together for the benefit of the school community. The Parent’s Association provide some important services to the school community such as:

  • Promoting a sense of community spirit within the school through the organising of parent and community functions and social events

  • Managing school fundraising opportunities

  • Providing an opportunity for parents to connect, make friends and learn more about what is going on at STM

  • Supporting new families to the school through our Buddy Family Program

  • Organising and managing school stalls including Mother’s Day and Father’s Day

  • Looking for ways to improve the family and school partnership by meeting regularly with the school Principal

 

Our PA meets twice a term and all are welcome to attend.

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Be Involved

Catholic school communities are built on positive relationships. There are many parents, grandparents, carers and other community members who regularly volunteer to help out in the classroom, the canteen and the uniform shop, run fundraising events and generally help the school to become a wonderful place to meet other parents, to get to know teachers and enjoy the learning environment with our children.

 

Within the school, parents are able to assist in many ways including:

  • School Advisory Council

  • Parents & Friends Association

  • Classroom Helper Program – Literacy, Mathematics, Excursions, etc

  • Attendance at Working Bees 

  • Canteen Volunteer

  • Social and Fundraising Events

  • Attending Parent/Child Sacramental Evenings and Workshops

 

Families are also encouraged to support their children’s learning by attending curriculum evenings such as the Family Maths Night, Art Show and Performing Arts concerts. These evenings are an opportunity for the children to proudly showcase what they have been learning. They are very successful, well attended evenings and are enjoyed by all.