During 2015 the staff and parents of St Thomas’ developed the schools Strategic Plan for 2016 – 2019.  The document outlines our priorities for the next four years. 

The goals include:

  • To ensure all staff demonstrate best practice in teaching and learning, whilst remaining cognisant of evolving educational practices and trends.
  • Support students on their journey to develop independent and life long learning skills.
  • Communication to be a strength of our school.
  • Provide opportunities for our students to be engaged in contemporary issues to enhance their world view.
  • Harness the talents and knowledge of the parents for the benefit of our students and the whole community.
  • Enhance Early Childhood Education to ensure National Quality Standards and the Quality Improvement Plan are attained.
  • Create a physical environment that is well maintained, inviting and conducive to effective learning.
  • Ensure the ongoing financial administration of the school continues to be conducted in a prudent and responsible manner.
  • To ensure that we demonstrate a consistent level of Christian Service by supporting the marginalised, both vulnerable and poor, within and beyond our community. 
  • Engage students, staff and parents in their own learning and faith formation.

From this document the staff will develop an Annual Improvement Plan to ensure as many of the Strategic goals can be completed by 2019.

In 2016 our goals are:

  • Teaching staff will have embedded Dedicated Literacy and Numeracy blocks into their classroom timetable.
  • Early Years staff will review and amend St Thomas’ Philosophy and Charter and review the Quality Improvement Plan. Nominate other areas for improvement and implement across all Early Years classrooms.
  • Staff, students and school community members will become familiar with the phrase ‘Christian service’ and opportunities for students and staff to undertake Christian Service will be explored, with the hope of establishing an ongoing relationship with an organisation.
  • Guidelines will have been established in relation to blogs and learning overviews.
  • Greater parental involvement within the classroom.

St. Thomas’ has developed a Curriculum Plan for 2016. After examination of national and school level data, the major curriculum priorities for 2016 will be:

  • LITERACY:   Year 3 -6 Grammar & Punctuation

                               Whole School: Spelling – Words Their Way

  • NUMERACY: PP – Year 2 Place Value

                  Year 3 -6 Embedding Problem solving