At St Thomas Aquinas we pride ourselves on providing our students with a safe, secure environment where they feel supported and able to take risks in their learning.
All our students are actively encouraged to strive to model respect, kindness, wisdom and charity to fellow students and the broader community. St Thomas Aquinas offers care and consideration for staff, students and families through our integrated pastoral care programs and activities.
‘Love One Another’ and Weekly Student Awards
Each week, student merit awards are presented to individuals at our school assembly. Nominated by class teachers, they are presented by the Principal and Assistant Principal, and recipient names are published in the school newsletter. All students receive at least two awards each year. ‘Love One Another’ award recipients are nominated by any member of the school community who has noticed a student living out the school motto. The students who receive these awards have their name published in the school newsletter.
To assist with the transition period for Kindergarten children, each child is assigned a Year 6 buddy. The Year 6 buddies read stories and complete craft activities during Buddy Time and are also a point of contact and support for the Kindergarten children in the playground. The buddy system is a positive model in that it allows the Year 6 children to assume responsibility for a younger child, while at the same time giving the Kindergarten child an older role model.
Student Representative Council (SRC)
The SRC is composed of students from each class in Years 5 & 6. The representatives are nominated and elected by their class peers. The SRC works with the Leadership Team in presenting social skills, values education, and Works of Peace and Justice at school assemblies. They are responsible for raising and lowering the flag, and for meeting and greeting official visitors to our school. Their opinions are sought about certain issues, and initiatives by the SRC are encouraged. At times, members of the SRC are called upon to represent the school at other venues or events.
Other pastoral care programs and activities include:
- weekly class recognition awards
- Principal's Morning Teas for recognition of effort in the classroom
- the End-of-year awards
- High Five plan – assisting students to respond to minor social conflict situations
- restorative practice as a behavioural management plan
- an Anti-Bullying Policy and strategies
- a school counsellor
Building Child Safe Communities
St Thomas Aquinas is committed to keeping our students safe at school and we adhere to the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards and support the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. A range of checks and undertakings are required for people who work for or provide services to the college. These checks reduce potential risk and form part of the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) strategy to build child safe communities.
St Thomas Aquinas is also a host school for one of ten satellite classes supported from the Western Sydney School for children with Autism.
St Thomas Aquinas, as the host school, works in partnership with Aspect by providing integration involving spiritual, social, academic and sporting opportunities.
The class is for children from Kindergarten to Year 6 and is supported by a teacher and teacher's aides. Integration is accommodated in the mainstream classroom, with the assistance of an aide, with a view to independent integration where possible. Students are included in some programs on a regular basis e.g. whole school activities, playground activities, assemblies and some excursions.