Our Vision and Mission

 

'We are a Contemporary Christ Centred, Child Centred, Learning Community'

St Thomas More Vision

We aspire to be a school where the parish and school communities work as one.

We are a school that strives for excellence, promotes leadership and involvement and learning is realistic and meaningful.

We aspire to be a school where we all understand, respect and value ourselves, others and the environment.

We aspire to be a school where there is access to a relevant, dynamic and comprehensive curriculum and all are motivated by a desire to learn and achieve.

We aspire to be a school where children work towards fulfilling their dreams and maximising their potential, where they learn leadership and ways to contribute towards making the world a better place.

We aspire to be a school where parents and staff work in partnership to foster in students a desire to learn and achieve.

We aspire to be a school where the home, the school and the parish communicate in an open and interactive environment, where everyone has a voice and is valued for their unique gifts, talents and cultures.

We aspire to be a school where the whole person – body, mind and spirit – is developed, nurtured and celebrated.

 

St Thomas More School Mission

At St. Thomas More School we acknowledge that we are part of the parish community at Hadfield. Our vision, which compliments that of the parish family, models itself on the life of Jesus Christ.

We are a Catholic school which endeavours to maintain a quality of life committed to Christ and his Gospel, and we participate in the liturgy, sacraments and traditions of His church.

We work in partnership with families and the parish in the formation of the faith of our children, our parents and ourselves. We celebrate our faith in different ways whilst respecting other faith traditions.

We aim to be creative, energetic and enthusiastic in our teaching and learning and to cater for the needs of all children in our care.

We are a welcoming community of celebration, openness and warmth, supportive of each other and accepting of our multicultural backgrounds.

We aim to be an innovative school, open to new challenges and initiatives that will enhance the teaching and learning experiences of our school community while maintaining proven, successful practices.

Our school community aims to keep abreast of current educational research and development. We acknowledge the need for continuous professional development to keep in step with latest initiatives and enhance student learning.

We strive for educational excellence and high standards of achievement for our students. We aim to develop their self-confidence and encourage a pursuit of their highest potential.

We identify and provide for the individual needs of students through the implementation of comprehensive literacy and numeracy programs that are relevant, flexible and open ended and that encourage student success.

We are committed to providing the best opportunities in ICT for our students at school and with links to home. We recognise that ICT is an integral part of life and a tool for learning and enrichment in our global society

 

'We are a Contemporary, Christ Centred, Child Centred Learning Community.'

 

What underpins the philosophy at St Thomas More?

At St Thomas More we always strive to remain up to date with current educational theory, research and practice. Below are some links to professional readings and videos that illustrate (some of) what guides the philosophy and practice at St Thomas More today. 

Click on the clips below to see some of our key understandings:

Visible Learning Mindframes:  John Hattie

Mindframes:

“It is a set of mind frames that underpin our every action and decision in a school; it is a belief that we as evaluators, change agents, adaptive learning experts, seekers of feedback and about our impact, engaged in dialogue and challenge, and developers of trust with all, and that we see opportunity in error, and are keen to spread the message about the power, fun and impact we have on learning...The claim is that teachers and school leaders who develop these ways of thinking are more likely to have a major impact on student learning.”                              Visible learning for Teachers, John Hattie, 2012 p 159-160

1) I am an evaluator of my impact on students learning 

Teachers and leaders believe that their fundamental task is to evaluate the effect of their teaching on students’ learning and achievement  

2) I am a change agent and believe all students can improve 

The teacher's role is to change students from what they are to what we want them to be, what we want them to know and understand, the moral purpose of education - a growth mindset!

3) I explicitly inform students what successful impact looks like from the outset

Teachers debate learning and discuss the impacts they are having on their students and how they know students are learning in their classes. Leaders provide time and support for teachers to be learners and evaluators.

4) I see assessment as informing my impact and next steps 

Teachers need to move from the understanding of “assessment to” and “assessment for” to assessment as feedback for the teacher

5) I engage as much in Dialogue as Monologue 

Teachers need to listen to the students’ learning: their idea, their questions, their struggles, their outputs and their views about teaching

6) I strive for challenge and not merely ‘doing your best’ 

Teachers need to remember that what is challenging to one student may not be to another. Challenge will be established through learning intentions and success criteria that require us to ask ourselves and our students: Where am I going? How am I going? Where to next?

7) I build relationships and trust so that learning can occur in a place where it is safe to make mistakes and learn from others 

Do the students believe that the climate is fair, empathetic and trustworthy? Can students really indicate that they do not know, do not understand- without getting snide comments, looks and sneers from peers? In the same way it is critical  that leaders create a safe classroom climate so that all teachers can talk about teaching and their impact on student learning

8) I focus on the learning and the language of learning

Leaders need to develop a shared language of learning within the school. When we use this language with our staff and students, we should then share the language with our parent community.

9) I see learning as hard work

We teach the students the value of concentration, perseverance and deliberate practice

10) I collaborate with my peers and my students about my concepts of progress and my impact 

Collaboration, which brings together diverse thinkers who engage in authentic conversation, can help shift our thinking which inspires us to grow as learners

11) I give and help students understand feedback

 

 

The Future Child: Professor Headley Beare

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Changing Educational Paradigms: Sir Ken Robinson 

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Do Schools Kill Creativity: Sir Ken Robinson

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Escaping Education's Death Valley: Sir Ken Robinson

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Sir John Jones: The Magic Weaver - The moral purpose of teachers

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Rita Pierson: Every Kid Needs a Champion

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Neil deGrasse Tyson: Want Scientifically Literate Children? Get Out of Their Way!

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Carol Dweck: The power of believing you can improve

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Professional Readings:

Ron Ritchhart: 

http://www.ronritchhart.com/Welcome.html

The Seven R's of a Quality Curriculum: Ron Ritchhart

http://www.ronritchhart.com/Papers_files/The%20Seven%20Rs%20reprint%20V3.pdf