Welcome to our school's
St Thomas Aquinas School is an integrated Catholic Full Primary
School (Years 0-8). We are situated in the Central Southland township of Winton with our nearest city being
Invercargill approximately 24km away.
As a Special Character school, Christian attitudes and values
are emphasised, and supported by the parents and parish community. The 'family' atmosphere at St Thomas Aquinas is
a strength of the school, with an emphasis on the development of each
Our school is set in a pleasant environment, for the children.
There is a large sandpit, two tennis courts with a volley wall, playground and a large area of grass. There are
four classrooms, a Library/Hall area and a glassed in variable space. Our administration block contains a
staffroom, principal's office, teaching space and medical room.
We have a number of features within our school including the
many opportunities through sports, the arts, leadership and various competitions and community events. All students
from Yrs 0-8 have the opportunity to attend camps, which assist in the development of the key competencies in
particular ‘Relating to Others’ and ‘Managing Self’.
Our school has a strong emphasis on the provision and use of
technology to further enhance the teaching and learning, with all four classes having large interactive
whiteboards. Digital cameras, electronic microscopes and various recording devices are a part of our learning. Each
class has its own wikispace in which they share their learning. The link to these can be found on the home page of
With a skilled and committed Board of Trustees, and Staff, we
are able to offer education in a school where a positive learning culture exists and where high standards of
achievement are expected and achieved.
We welcome families to come along and see first hand the great
school we have and consider becoming a part of our fantastic learning
Strong Catholic spirit expressed in the behaviour and commitment of the staff and
students (Catholic Review 2011)
Students benefit from a wide range of interesting
learning experiences and leadership roles, including opportunities to manage their own
learning. The classrooms are focussed learning environments. Their is a high level of student
engagement in learning. The school's Vision and Values are strongly evident in the day to day
life of the school. (ERO 2011)