At St Thomas the Apostle Primary School we have a shared philosophy that we are teaching children as individuals, not grades.
As members of a dynamic society we acknowledge the ever-changing nature of teaching. We believe in immersing children in a relevant, contemporary learning environment that enables them to experience success and enjoyment as they journey towards their real potential.
We also challenge the children to be active life long learners and to make responsible choices in their daily lives.
A challenging and diverse curriculum offers the students learning in Religious Education and the Victorian Essential Learning Standards. Through this curriculum the individuality of each student is recognised. This curriculum has three significant and interlinked domains:
- Physical, Personal and Social Domain
- Discipline Domain
- Interdiscipline Domain
These three domains include knowledge, behaviours and skills that are learned as they progress through their schooling.
Through a variety of rich experiences in Scripture, Liturgy, Tradition and Life we foster the growth of each child’s relationship with God and with others.
Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening are the components of our Literacy program. Ongoing student assessments allow for individual focused learning during our daily 2-hour Literacy block. These assessments also inform us with regard to providing appropriate intervention programs.
The core elements of Mathematics are Number, Space, Measurement, Chance and Data, Structure and Working Mathematically. Students develop an understanding of mathematical concepts, skills and procedures and also the confidence to engage in problem solving. Ongoing student assessment provides us with information, used to determine those children who need special intervention. Such intervention starts as early as Year 1 in the area of Numeracy in the form of early intervention Maths classes.
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Kitchen Garden Program
Pleasurable Food Education = Skills for Learning and Life!
St Thomas’ is now part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation. We are one of 473 schools Australia-wide, where around 50,000 children are enthusiastically getting their hands dirty and learning how to grow, harvest, prepare and share fresh, seasonal food.
The fundamental philosophy that underpins the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program is that by setting good examples and engaging children’s curiosity, as well as their energy and their taste buds, we can provide positive and memorable food experiences that will form the basis of positive lifelong eating habits.
The students are actively involved in regular kitchen and garden classes, enabling skills-based learning that extends across the entire school curriculum.
As participants in the Kitchen Garden Program Prep to Year 6 students spend structured time in a productive veggie garden and home-style kitchen as part of their everyday school experience. There they learn skills that will last them a lifetime, and discover just how much fun it is to grow and cook their own seasonal vegetables and fruits.
We aim to maintain and education garden and kitchen where many aspects can be mirrored at home.
The school’s kitchen garden is owned and operated by the students with guidance and support from, staff, parents and the community.
At St Thomas the Apostle there is a strong emphasis placed on supporting the pastoral needs of students and families.
Through our Student Wellbeing Coordinator, our Pastoral Care Team and Counsellors, we endeavour to monitor and support the needs of all in the community. The school also provides the support of a Student Counsellor who is available one day a week to support both students and their families.
Student Well Being at St Thomas is all about care for the child at the social and emotional level.
It is about providing an environment where there is a sense of belonging, acceptance, respect, growth and support for each individual student.
All classes in the school follow the ‘You Can Do It’ program, which progressively develops the student’s Confidence, Resilience, Persistence, Organisation and ability to Get Along. These 5 keys are the foundations of developing a strong Social and Emotional awareness in all students in the school.