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Families are the first and most influential educators of their children. As such, relationships between school and home are very important. 

At St Thomas’ we provide a welcoming environment where families are encouraged to contribute to and become active participants in the education of their children.

Our programs and practices are guided by the Early Years Learning Framework, the Australian Curriculum and the National Quality Standards and reflect our philosophy that every child is unique and develops at their own rate.

 Our teaching pedagogy focuses on the three phases of a child’s learning and development – Being (making choices)Belonging (relationship) and Becoming (personal excellence).

   

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We believe that all children have a capacity to succeed and hold high expectations for their achievement in learning.  Our varied, relevant, child focused and enquiry based learning opportunities allow for children to grow to their full potential in the spiritual, emotional, physical, social and intellectualdomains of development.

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Research indicates that children who engage in quality play experiences are more likely to have well-developed memory skills, language development and are able to regulate their behaviour, leading to enhanced school adjustment and academic learning (Bodrova & Leong, 2005).

 

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 explore, identify, negotiate, take risks and create meaning. Play and enquiry based learning experiences are a major pedagogical tool alongside explicit teacher scaffolding, direction and teaching.

This approach ensures that our students are always central to teaching and actively engaged in a balanced curriculum that celebrates the journey of learning.