Programs and Facilities

Children with special learning needs are welcome at St. Thomas More. The Principal & staff work with parents to support the needs of these students.

Special assessments are organised through the Catholic Education Office support services – speech, educational and psychological assessments help identify students needs and support staff help teachers in our school and their parents plan for the requirements of the students.

Our “Integration Program” provides additional assistance for eligible students with special needs. Regular meetings are held with parents and support staff to ensure on-going development.

When the time comes for these students to move on to secondary school the staff from both schools work together to ensure a smooth transition from primary to secondary for the students

Intervention Programs & Support

  • Reading Recovery: Reading Recovery is implemented in Year 1 to assist those children at risk in the literacy area. Children on this program receive 1 to 1 teaching on a daily basis until they reach a reading level comparable to the average in their class.
  • Levelled Literacy Intervention (LLI): Students in Years 2-6 have access to the LLI (Levelled Literacy Intervention) program. Middle and Senior students also receive small group instruction as an intervention strategy if they are having difficulty in reading.
  • Mathematics Intervention: Mathematics intervention strategies are adopted from Year 1 onwards to identify the difficulties being experienced. Individual or small group teaching is then implemented to meet the student’s needs.
  • Extension Programs: St Thomas More also offer extension programs for children who need further challenges. We have recently enrolled a number of children in the MOPS(Maths Olympics program), Gateways and NSW testing programs.
  • Screening Assessments: Screening assessments are available for...                                                    1) Phonological processing/ awareness difficulties (Using the Phab).                                                                2) Irlen Syndrome (Perceptual Dyslexia). Information on Irlen Syndrome / Perceptual Dyslexia is in the following powerpoint. (Click on the following link).     /_uploads/_ckpg/files/Irlen%20Syndrome%20for%20parents.pdf                                                                Parents who feel they would like to investigate phonological processing problems or Irlen Syndrome with regard to their child, can contact the office for further information. 
  • CEOM Assistance: The school is able to apply for support from CEOM Psychologists, Speech Therapists, Occupational therapists and other allied health professionals for students requiring extra assistance or for students with additional needs.
  • Counseling: STM offers counseling for students and family members through 'Healing Minds'. Healing Minds are a passionate team of fully qualified, registered psychologists and social workers who specialise in child and adolescent services. We operate onsite in primary, secondary, and special schools, from both public and private sectors, working in both individual and group settings with students and parents. In most cases, services are performed at no cost to the school, student or parent.

School Programs 

  • Kelly Sports Physical Education Program
  • Music
  • Art
  • Italian
  • Before and after school hours program
  • After school sports program
  • Homework club
  • Private signing and instrumental lessons
  • Acrylic surface basketball court
  • School band and choir
  • CASEA program
  • SEASONS program
  • School counselor
  • Maths talent quest
  • MOPS (Maths Olympiads for Primary School)
  • Better Buddy program
  • Whole school camping program

School Facilities

 

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To ensure that each child receives every opportunity to achieve their potential,
St. Thomas More provides only the best facilities to engage students in their learning.

  • Mac Computers and iPads in every learning space
  • A Promethean Interactive Whiteboard in every learning space
  • Digital cameras and video recorders
  • Large, spacious classrooms with adjoining bag rooms
  • Communal spaces for purposeful learning
  • Vegetable gardens
  • Chicken run
  • School Canteen
  • A range of outdoor and indoor activities for structured play at break times
  • Refurbished School Hall
  • Exciting new 21st Century state of the art library
  • Turfed senior and junior playing fields and quadrangle