School Community

St Thomas Aquinas Primary School, Norlane, is the Catholic primary school in the parish of Norlane. The school was opened in 1954 with an initial enrolment of 100. The Sisters of Mercy commenced at the school at this time and the association ended around 2004.

St Thomas Aquinas strives to provide a safe and secure environment for our children and families. We offer a comprehensive Catholic education through offering rich experiences and opportunities that may not otherwise be accessible to our families. We are now seeing an increasing evangelisations within our school community.

The school is committed to providing the children of Norlane with the support they need and opportunities in learning, wellbeing and faith development to ensure that they are successful participants in society.

Family School Partnership

St Thomas Aquinas is part of a Family School Community Partnership with their families, St Francis Xavier, Corio and many community organisations.  This partnership is aimed at raising students outcomes through engaging parents and community more in the child’s education and having the school engage more in the local community. To assist with this, Ms Kaylene McKay has been employed to work with school and parents to make the links to school stronger and the educational opportunities of our students better.

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St Thomas Aquinas Mentoring Program for Students

This is a new and exciting program that began mid 2012 which is aimed at helping prep, one and two students with their literacy skills. Adult volunteers gather for an hour three times a week to conduct intensive literacy learning sessions with individual students. Each session consists of

  • Book chat and read
  • Letter identification game
  • High frequency word game
  • Picture chat/ sentence activity

All volunteers are trained at the school in preparation for this program. The results over the last year show a remarkable improvement in the children’s overall literacy skills.

Back Pack Reader Program

The prep, one and two students are given a different backpack once a week to take home, the students are asked to read one book a night and return the backpack at the end of the week and exchange for a new one. The backpacks contain five different reading books plus a journal to record information about the books they have read. Parents and carers are encouraged to read with, listen too the children and ask questions about the books read. We have found this to be a great resource in relaying to the children the value in reading books and how to retain information about books.

Principals Book of the Month

Once a month our school principal reads a fun and educational book to the children attending the tots on plume playgroup, the playgroup is held every Thursday from 9.15am in the school hall. All parents/ carers with children welcome

The School has also established a regular coffee time for the parents, a Supported Playgroup in conjunction with the City of Greater Geelong and parent forums that does involve the local community.

Please join with us in making our school a great school.