St Thomas More

“In the spirit of reconciliation, St Thomas More’s School Hadfield acknowledges the Wurundjeri people and the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today."

A Message from the Principal

'Welcome to the St Thomas More Primary School website. We hope that you find all the information you need and are impressed with all our school has to offer.'

St Thomas More Primary focuses heavily on personalised learning based on the ongoing collection of data coupled with challenge-based learning. Our school strives for engagement and achievement across the school.

At St Thomas More, children are offered high-quality experiences in all areas of the curriculum so that they can discover their giftedness. Through their learning opportunities, children build the self-confidence they require to both embrace challenges and experience success.

Intelligent, passionate teachers are employed at St Thomas More. Teachers plan and work in teams with the guidance and support of a leader and they actively collaborate to facilitate rich, real and relevant learning experiences for the children. Children are consistently immersed in a stimulating learning environment and are encouraged to set goals and challenges. They are provided with opportunities to discover their own individual learning styles and are supported by a variety of resources and technologies.

An extended/distributive leadership team, passionate and innovative staff and contemporary learning-initiatives have resulted in the establishment of a vibrant learning community for all stakeholders. Staff, parents, students and community members are all involved in the pursuit of excellence in education, faith development and providing opportunities for students to exceed their own expectations.

As a driven and cohesive staff, we offer a variety of experiences across the curriculum, designed to provide specialised opportunities for each individual to discover their giftedness. Data-driven teaching based on comprehensive, ongoing testing and planning is focused on the constructivist approach to teaching and learning, enabling the creation of understanding through rich, real and relevant experiences.

Personal goal setting is a high priority for staff and this forms the basis of the ‘performance and development appraisal culture.’ The AITSL standards of professional practice are used as a foundation for personalised goal-setting. This practice highlights the importance of self-reflection and feedback that is the basis for improvement across the board, equipping stakeholders to exceed all expectations.

At St Thomas More we believe that it is important to develop a child’s faith as well as their knowledge about the catholic traditions. Through the teaching of religion, the children reflect on scripture teachings and are encouraged to put the words of Jesus into action through social justice. Our religious faith is reflected through prayer and the way we treat one another. We strive to live by God’s greatest commandment ‘love one another as I have loved you.’

St Thomas More Primary School is committed to prioritising the safety and wellbeing of the children in its care and strives to empower its families, children, young people and staff to have a voice and raise concerns when needed. The school commits to rigorous risk-management and employment practices to ensure safety for all.

St Thomas More is a contemporary, Christ-centred, child-centred learning community.

Welcome to our school community,

Yours sincerely,


Marcy DeNardis

Principal

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Our Commitment to the Values for Australian Schooling

Source of Obligation
The Victorian Registration Standards (sch 4 cl 1) (CECV Guidelines ref 1.1) require that the programs of, and teaching at the School must support and promote the principles and practice of Australian democracy, including a commitment to:
elected government; and the rule of law; and
equal rights for all before the law; and
freedom of religion; and
freedom of speech and association; and
the values of openness and tolerance.

As stated in the ETR Regs, the requirements of the commitment above are not intended to affect the rights accorded to, or the compliance with any obligation imposed on, the School under the enactment of the State or of the Commonwealth.

Statement of Democratic Principles
St Thomas More's School is committed to the principles of a liberal democracy. We believe in an accountable, democratically elected government.

We respect and observe the rule of law and believe that no person is above the law.We believe in equal rights for all before the law, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender or other attributes.

We believe not only in the freedom of religion, but also the need to practise tolerance and understanding of others' beliefs.

We believe in the value of freedom of speech and freedom of association, but also acknowledge that we have the responsibility not to abuse this freedom.

We believe in the values of openness and tolerance, and value and respect all members of the School community regardless of background.

Communicating the Statement:
This Statement of Democratic Principles is communicated to staff, students, parents and guardians and the School community.

The School displays a poster of our Statement of Democratic Principles prominently in the School.

This Statement is also published:
On the staff noticeboard; in the staff handbook; in the parent information book; in the School’s annual report; and on the School’s website.