Tēnā koutou everyone.
I welcome you all to St Thomas Aquinas Primary School, Norlane.
I acknowledge the Wadawurrung people of the Kulin nation as the traditional owners of the land we learn upon. I acknowledge their elders, past, present and emerging, and seek to strengthen the ties we have with the Wathaurong community.
St Thomas Aquinas Primary School, Norlane, is the Catholic primary school in the parish of Norlane. Our mission is to serve the community of Norlane and to present the face of the loving Jesus to all we meet. Our Catholic identity is important to us and our vision shapes the decisions we make and interactions we have.
Learning, wellbeing and connecting are central to the vision of St Thomas Aquinas School.
Our school community is committed to providing the best possible learning opportunities for the children in our community. From our 0 – 5 Playlinks playgroup through to our secondary school transitions, learning is individualised, exciting and grounded in the Australian and Victorian curriculum. Learning at St Thomas Aquinas takes place in homerooms, specialist classes, our school grounds and the wider community. We value opportunities for children to connect with the arts, sport and culture.
As a school, we recognise and prioritise the wellbeing of all students. We know that children learn best when they are valued, cared about and listened to. Staff take time to get to know children, to learn their story and to connect on a number of levels. As a school that values relationships, we are proud to work with other schools in developing respectful relationships in our society.
The school community works tirelessly to be as inclusive as it can be and to provide connections between families and services within the community. St Thomas Aquinas School prides itself on its outreach work with the families of the school. With welfare being an important part of children’s social and emotional wellbeing, the school, through its arrangements with various agencies, provides a range of services to support families in need.
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.
I welcome you to our community.