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
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
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
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
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
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.