Non State School Transport Assistance Scheme

The Non State Schools Transport Assistance Scheme assists eligible families with the cost of traveling to school, with applications for Semester 1 2022 now open online and close on 31 May.

Student travel rebate applications are only open in May for Semester 1 and October for Semester 2. Please visit SchoolTransport.com.au first to check if you are eligible

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From our Principal

Congratulations to Liz Skinner & our choir for their second placing at the Toowoomba Eisteddfod. The result is just reward for all of the hard work put in by Liz & the students, mostly in their own time. Through their performance & behaviour, the students were excellent representatives of our school. I was very impressed by the way Liz was able to take the children out of their vocal comfort zone.

God Bless.

Mr Michael Cash

Principal

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Important Dates to Remember for Term 2

Monday, May 16th

NAPLAN


Confirmation Sacramental Session 3

Wednesday, May 18th 

Confirmation Sacramental Session 3

Friday, May 20th

Walk Safely to School Day

Sunday, May 22nd 

P&F Working Bee

1:30 - 3:30 pm at STM School

Monday, May 23rd

Under 8s Day

Wednesday, May 25th 

School Photos


National Simultaneous Storytime

Thursday, May 26th and Friday, May 27th 

Year 4 Camp

Friday, May 27th 

Year 3 Parish Mass (9 am in the Church)

Wednesday, June 1st

Confirmation

6:30 pm in the STM Church for Sacramental students

Friday, June 3rd 

Year 1 Parish Mass (9 am in the Church)


3 Blue  Prayer Celebration

11:30 am in the STM Church

Year 3 - Year 6 to attend - families welcome

Monday, June 6th

First Communion Sacramental Session 1

Wednesday, June 8th 

First Communion Sacramental Session 1


School Officer Day

Friday, June 10th 

Year 4 Parish Mass (9:00 am in the Church)


2 Gold Prayer Celebration

11:30 am in the STM Church

Prep - Year 2 to attend - Families welcome!

Monday, June 13th 

First Communion Sacramental Session 2

Tuesday, June 14th 

Athletics Carnival

O'Quinn Street

Wednesday, June 15th 

First Communion Sacramental Session 2

Thursday, June 16th 

Majeda Whole School Incursion Visit

Friday, June 17th

Prep Parish Mass (9:00 am in the Church)

Saturday, June 18th 

Family Mass (including the celebration of First Communion)

6:00 pm in the STM Church

Sunday, June 19th 

Celebration of First Communion

8:30 am in the STM Church

Wednesday, June 22nd

Feast Day of St Thomas More

Friday, June 24th 

Year 5 Parish Mass (9:00 am in the Church)


Last Day of Term 2

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Awards

Great work from our Week 4 award recipients! No photo this week as we had a Teams Assembly due to the wet weather last Friday! 

Prep GoldShaun
Prep Red

Nicholas
Thomas

1 Blue

Morgan
Patrick

1 Red

Isabel
Eric

2 Blue

Choloe
Lola

2 Gold

Lauren
Dion

2 Red

Jonah
Axel
Gavin

3 Blue

Elliemay
Oliver

3 Gold

Malual
Jacob

3 Red

Hugo
Jacob

4 Blue

Abel
Esther

4 Gold

Rebecca
Jarrell

4 Red

Finlay
Matthew

5 Blue

Amy
Siennah
Annabel

5 Gold

Jaxson
Evelia

5/6 Red

Paul
Isaac

6 Blue

Jorja
Annebelle
Charlotte

6 Gold

Aidan
Reyaaz
Aimee

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Tuckshop News

Open every Friday.  Please place your childs order through FlexiSchools by 12pm Thursdays and please supply a Paper Bag for your childs order.

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From our P&F

If you can't make it in person, you can attend via Zoom. Links will be provided closer to the date.

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From our Library

Green Week

Next week we have our annual Green Week! Please see the program for the week below. 

Free Subscription for Families

As part of our participation in the Root Cause Project this year, STM families are entitled to a free subscription to the Gold Family Membership. Please see the flyer below for further details. 

Breakfast Ideas To Boost Energy, Concentration & Learning - Online Parent Event

Please find details below of a free workshop for parents available through the Gold Family Membership.


Details of the event: Breakfast Ideas To Boost Energy, Concentration & Learning

Date: Wednesday 18th May 2022

Time: 8pm AEST

Registration required to access the room: https://therootcause.com.au/go/gfm-pe22t2/

The event will cover the following:

·         Boosting Breakfast Cereal

·         5 Prepare Ahead Non-Cereal Breakfast Ideas

·         Transitioning Away From Breakfast Cereal

There will also be time for Q&A at the end.

Please remember to register for the event to receive your login details.

Cook Demonstrations


Cooking Demonstration

This week Emilia and Amy demonstrated how to make a Rainbow Vitamin Smoothie - a recipe that Emilia created herself after the Root Cause visit.  To make the recipe we used the blender that was donated to the school as part of the Root Cause Program.  Why not try making the smoothie at home.  It was delicious!

Nude Food Day

On Wednesday we are having a Nude Food Day where we encourage the students to have a lunch box that is free from soft plastic, plastic wrap, paper bags and zip lock bags.  The idea is that the food is packed in reusable containers.  We will also be having a competition to see which year level can have the highest percentage of students with a nude food lunch.  Please check out the helpful hints below.

God bless, 

Dr Margy Heuschele

Teacher Librarian

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From our Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop will be back to normal hours this term.

Monday: 8:15am - 8:45am

Wednesday: 2:45pm - 3:15pm

Friday: 8:15am - 8:45am

Email orders are encouraged. You can email your orders through to thouniform@twb.catholic.edu.au

Needs some uniform alternations?

A hem taken up?  A skirt taken down?  Some buttons adjust on a shirt?   Give Mrs Fix It a ring and see if she can help.   

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From our Sport Desk

2022 Athletics Carnival  

This year our athletics carnival is being held on Tuesday 14th June at O’Quinn Street Oval. Students will be participating in sprints, relays, field events and/or modified activities.    

Students can be dropped off at O’Quinn Street by 8:30am by private transport or they can take advantage of a free bus from school. There will be no canteen available therefore children will need to bring a normal morning tea and lunch with them. Students are encouraged to come dressed in their house colours for the carnival. 

Children in Prep-Yr 3 (born 2014) should be finished their events/activities by approximately 12:00pm - 12:30pm. The school is providing a free bus to bring your child back to school at the conclusion of their events/activities. You are most welcome to take your child home or keep your child at the carnival for the remainder of the day, however they will be under the direct supervision of a parent. Teachers in Prep – Year 3 will be travelling back with the bus.   

Children who are in Year 3 and are 9 years old this year (born 2013) will need to remain at the carnival for the entire day to participate in further events. Children in Years 4-6 will also need to remain at the carnival for the entire day. Your child/ren should be finished their events by approximately 2:30pm. The school is providing a free bus to bring your child back to school at the conclusion of the day. However, you are most welcome to pick your child up from O’Quinn Street at 2:30pm. 

To assist with the planning of the day and the booking of buses could you please use the link below to indicate how your child/ren will be transported to/from the carnival. Please ensure you have completed information for all your children.    

Please complete by Monday 30th May.   

https://forms.office.com/r/0uxbXPUYKk 

Softball  

Congratulations to Xavier on being selected in the Darling Downs team for softball. We wish you all the best at the State Championships in August.  

God bless,

Stacey Hancock

HPE Teacher 

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Thank you!

A huge thank you to Westridge Fruit and Vegetables for their continued support with the donation of fresh fruit every week for our students!

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From our APRE

Thank you to Mrs Weier and 4 Blue for leading our Upper School in prayer last week. It's a tough gig leading a Prayer Celebration at the end of a week, let alone a week full of wet play days and technical issues! You did a wonderful job sharing the parable of The Good Samaritan with us and encouraging students and adults alike to consider who their neighbour is and how they should be treating others.

Matilda Jnr Update

Please see the rehearsal schedule for Week 5 and Week 6 below. All Matilda Jnr cast members have been added to a Matilda Jnr Team (using their school Microsoft Office login). If the parents of any of our cast members would also like to be added to the Team, please let Miss Byrne know!


Week 5 Rehearsal Schedule – Week beginning May 16th  

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Week 6 Rehearsal Schedule – Week beginning May 23rd  

We are aware this is Year 4 Camp week. Year 4 children are not expected to attend Thursday and Friday rehearsals this week. 

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Walk Safely to School Day

This year we celebrate Walk Safely to School Day on Friday May 20th. This year STM will be participating by walking together to school from Thoms Park (1D Garde Street, Centenary Heights). If you would like to participate, please register your intent using the form linked below so we know who to expect at the park and we don't leave anyone behind! Mr Cash and a team of teachers will meet those walking at the park from 7:30 am and will leave promptly at 7:45 am to make their way back to school.

Please make sure you check your children in with Mr Cash at the park when you arrive. Parents are asked not to leave until children are checked in.

God Bless.

Miss Kristin Byrne

Assistant Principal: Religious Education

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From our Principal

Last Saturday a Celebration of Life for Tanisa Norbu was conducted at St Thomas More’s Church. The ceremony was a beautiful drawing together of faiths and cultures, parish and school.

I was humbled to be asked by the family to share my memories of Tanisa during the ceremony. I have included my reflections below.

We were privileged to have a young person of the calibre of Tanisa as a member of our school community for all of her school life. Tanisa was just about the perfect student, hard-working, caring, co-operative, easy -going & never in trouble, except maybe for talking too much.

Tanisa was exceptionally strong academically, she had just earned a scholarship for high school. Tanisa was extremely creative & was a talented artist. She was recognised across the school for her love of drawing. While she did have a natural gift in this area, she also worked incredibly hard at perfecting various elements of her drawing.

Tanisa was a great storyteller & was able to entertain & amuse through her writing as well as through the stories she told to her friends.

Some of the adjectives used to describe Tanisa include confident, outgoing, unique, amazing, funny friendly, happy, witty, artistic, positive & smart.

While this is an impressive list, what was most special about Tanisa was the way she made others feel. Her happiness was contagious. She made us laugh & brightened our days when we were feeling down. You couldn’t be around Tanisa & not smile. Last week when we met with Tenzin & Sara, as we shared memories & stories of Tanisa, even in our grief, she made us smile.

Students across the school will remember her for always saying hello, for the words she used & the faces she pulled. Some of her friends will remember that Tanisa made the best brownies & hot chocolate.

My personal memories will include her shameless promotion of Copper Bench & the noisy group of students at lunchtime, always joking & laughing. Needless to say that Tanisa would always be the centre of attention. My favourite memory however, will be how, after being picked up from Stop, Drop, Go, Tanisa would have the window down as she the car drove up South Street & she would be waving & smiling at anyone in a ST Thomas More’s uniform.

At our school we endeavour to enable students to live life in all it’s fullness. Tanisa was the perfect model for this vision. The richness of the life she lived should serve as an inspiration for us all.

Tanisa will be sorely missed by everyone in the St Thomas More’s community, but she will never be forgotten.

God Bless.

Mr Michael Cash

Principal

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Important Dates to Remember for Term 2

Monday, May 9th 

Confirmation Sacramental Session 2

Tuesday, May 10th

NAPLAN

Wednesday, May 11th 

NAPLAN


Confirmation Sacramental Session 2

Thursday, May 12th 

NAPLAN

Friday, May 13th 

Year 2 Parish Mass (9 am in the Church)


4 Blue Prayer Celebration

11:30 am in the STM Church

Year 3 - Year 6 to attend - families welcome

Monday, May 16th

NAPLAN


Confirmation Sacramental Session 3

Wednesday, May 18th 

Confirmation Sacramental Session 3

Friday, May 20th

Walk Safely to School Day

Sunday, May 22nd 

P&F Working Bee

1:30 - 3:30 pm at STM School

Monday, May 23rd

Under 8s Day

Wednesday, May 25th 

School Photos


National Simultaneous Storytime

Thursday, May 26th and Friday, May 27th 

Year 4 Camp

Friday, May 27th 

Year 3 Parish Mass (9 am in the Church)

Wednesday, June 1st

Confirmation

6:30 pm in the STM Church for Sacramental students

Friday, June 3rd 

Year 1 Parish Mass (9 am in the Church)


3 Blue  Prayer Celebration

11:30 am in the STM Church

Year 3 - Year 6 to attend - families welcome

Monday, June 6th

First Communion Sacramental Session 1

Wednesday, June 8th 

First Communion Sacramental Session 1


School Officer Day

Friday, June 10th 

Year 4 Parish Mass (9:00 am in the Church)


2 Gold Prayer Celebration

11:30 am in the STM Church

Prep - Year 2 to attend - Families welcome!

Monday, June 13th 

First Communion Sacramental Session 2

Tuesday, June 14th 

Athletics Carnival

O'Quinn Street

Wednesday, June 15th 

First Communion Sacramental Session 2

Thursday, June 16th 

Majeda Whole School Incursion Visit

Friday, June 17th

Prep Parish Mass (9:00 am in the Church)

Saturday, June 18th 

Family Mass (including the celebration of First Communion)

6:00 pm in the STM Church

Sunday, June 19th 

Celebration of First Communion

8:30 am in the STM Church

Wednesday, June 22nd

Feast Day of St Thomas More

Friday, June 24th 

Year 5 Parish Mass (9:00 am in the Church)


Last Day of Term 2

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Matilda Jnr Update

No Matilda rehearsals this week due to NAPLAN. The rehearsal schedule for Week 5 and Week 6 will be shared this week via email with all Matilda families. Singing sessions with Mrs Skinner will begin in Week 5. These are after-school sessions. If your child cannot attend their session, you will need to contact Mrs Skinner directly via email (Elizabeth.Skinner@twb.catholic.edu.au) to discuss an alternative.

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From our Service Club

With this week being our first full week at school this term, our Service Club groups can finally start. This term we will continue our Creative Group each Monday at second break in Miss Byrne’s Room. We will also have a Reading Club each Friday in the library at second break as well. All students are welcome to both groups.

Last week Service Club talked about the Australian Catholic Young Voice Awards. This is a great opportunity for students in Year 5 and Year 6 to have their thoughts heard on topics that are important to them. Service Club are excited to be submitting entries this year showing how social media can be used to share positive messages with communities. We can’t wait to share our entries with you when they are done!

Year 6, don’t forget Service Club is now open to all Year 6 children. We meet every Wednesday at first break in Miss Byrne’s room.


God bless.

Ava, Aimee and Makenzie from Service Club

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