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."

 

Special Character

The Special Character of the school is reflected in the teaching and practice of the Religious Education Programme and in all areas of school life.

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”.

At St Thomas Aquinas we educate children in the beliefs and practices of the Roman
Catholic Church.

1. To endeavour to make the Gospel values part of each child's life.
2. To be part of the celebrating Church community.
3. To help foster a close personal relationship with God.

This will be developed through:
1. The whole school attends Prayers on Monday mornings which are held in the hall.
These are led by each class.
2. Each class will use the Religious Education programme. 15
3. Time will be allotted for formal R. E. lessons in accordance with diocesan
guidlines.
4. Teachers will endeavour to encourage children to develop a spirit of prayer.
5. Regular school and classes Masses will be scheduled.
6. The school will support the Sacramental Programmes and other Parish
celebrations.


Religious Education Programme

It is the belief of St Thomas Aquinas School that the home nurtures, witnesses to, celebrates and develops faith in God. The School supports the family - whanau and parish by teaching the ReligiousEducation Programme.

School Mass

The school celebrates Mass together at various times throughout the school year. Parents, family and friends are invited to attend.

Class Mass

Each term classes lead a Wednesday morning Mass or Liturgy. Parents, family and friends are invited to attend these.

School Prayers

Each Monday classes take turns to lead whole school prayers. All parents are welcome to attend. Time: 9.00am. Place: Hall.

Sacramental Programme

The Sacramental Programme for Reconciliation, Confirmation and Eucharist are both school and parish based. The school supports the family - whanau and parish within the Religious Education programme.

The school's Catholic character is highly evident. Student's and their families are quickly made to feel a part of the school and it's community. The Catholic character and values are strongly evident in the caring and respectful relationships throughout the school. (ERO 2011)

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