St Thomas Aquinas Catholic School

Saint Thomas Aquinas School
1 Church St, Winton, Southland, New Zealand
Telephone: (03) 2368261, Email: office@stthomaswinton.school.nz

"Our Vision is to provide a supportive environment, which empowers students to achieve personal excellence and to be successful citizens in our global community."

 

About Us

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The well maintained building, attractively nestled in large landscaped grounds, consists of four generous sized teaching spaces, a library, a Staff Room, Principals Office, a Medical Room and Office. Each classroom is equipped with information technology components allowing for access to E-mail, Internet and learning line facilities.

The buildings are complemented by a sizeable hard-surfaced playing area, tennis court and Adventure Playground. The school forms an integral part of the Parish layout and is adjacent to the Church, Parish Hall and Presbytery. Also utilised are facilities at the
Technology Centre attached to Winton School and the Central Southland Community
Swimming Pool.

Children attending the school are drawn from both rural and urban communities and
reflect the ethnic and socio-economic composition of these communities. A large number of pupils rely on school bus transport.

The Special Character of St Thomas,’ as defined in the Integration Agreement, is “A Roman Catholic School in which the whole school community, through the general programme and in its religious instructions and observances, exercises the right to live and teach the values of Jesus Christ. These values are expressed in the Scriptures and in the practices, worship and doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church, as determined from time to time by the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Diocese”.

Duty / Activities / Out of Bounds / Rules
(a) We have a teacher rostered on for playground supervision.
(b) After school a staff member supervises the buses.
(c) All occasions when a child requires first aid attention, beyond minor comfort and
abrasion, will be recorded in the Medical Room log.
(d) All head injuries will be reported to the parent(s).
(i) Out of bounds areas:
- Beyond the fence lines –car park and behind the school.
- Around the church, bike sheds and driveway.
- Between the grass bank and SH6 fenceline.

Children should not have at school: weapons – toy or real, lollies, or money and they are discouraged from bringing personal toys from home. (ipods, mp3 players).

Children are not to play contact games including “play” fighting. If under the direct
supervision of an adult they may play such games as rugby.

Emergency / Evacuation
A fire drill is held once a term.
Things to note about a drill:-
a) The signal is a continuous ringing of the bell.
b) Evacuate immediately.
c) Close all doors where possible.
d) Parents are expected to report to assemble area in the case of alarms.
e) Assembly point is in the middle of the field.

End of the Day Tidy Up
Our children are encouraged to assist in keeping their environment clean, tidy and
organised.

Children can have areas of responsibility that include: shutting windows, pulling curtains, cleaning the whiteboard - tidying an activity centre, picking up the floor rubbish and tidying the rooms.

We ask parents to allow teachers to conclude the day by waiting outside of classrooms.

End Of Year Events
a) At the end of the year the school will gather together as a whole school to give
each child an opportunity to be part of a major event. Brief speeches, thank you
and farewells.

b) An end of year Mass and supper is held. Children are expected to attend in school
uniform for this occasion.

Contact us to learn more.

RESOURCES & LINKS

NEW ZEALAND MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

EDUCATION REVIEW OFFICE

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NZ Curriculum online

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NZQA

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Encyclopaedia of New Zealand

SOUTHLAND DISTRICT COUNCIL

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