Please advise the school by 9.15am on the morning of your child’s absence. If they have an appointment and will be late into school please advise of this by 9.15am. If we are not advised through one of the following ways we phone the home, workplace or emergency contacts which is a time consuming activity we prefer to avoid.
- Complete an absence note on our Hero communications app (preferred)
- Email the school office (firstname.lastname@example.org)
We appreciate your help in reducing the time we spend checking that our children are safe.
We use the Hero app to send out school news, general updates, reminders, events and much more. The app is available on iPhone, iPad, iPod, Android Phone, Android Tablet and Windows phone devices. If you don’t have a mobile device, there is also an app available for computer, both Mac and PC. Please download Hero to your devices. For instructions on how to sign up for Hero see the attached document. Hero Parent Communications App
Homework enables all children to learn the skills of independent study. It is also an appropriate time for children to learn spelling, basic facts and to read. Whilst homework is not compulsory, we strongly recommend it is done daily. The following are guidelines for the time to be spent daily on Homework:
- Years 1 – 3 Daily reading plus 10 minutes of another activity (spelling words etc)
- Years 4 – 6 20 – 30 minutes
- Years 7 – 8 30 – 45 minutes
Our new library is looking fabulous with new furniture and display cases. Every class visits the library once a week during class time. Books are issued to students for two weeks. Junior classes can borrow one book each, Middle and Senior classes can borrow two books each.
Please check out our library page on the school website for more information.
Our Maori Pasifika Support Group is available to support, celebrate and normalise cultures for all students at St Thomas’s School. The group aims to empower our Tamariki to be all they can be and stand proud as Maori and Pasifika students at our school.Click here for more information about the Maori Pasifika Support Group
Please order stationery through Office Max or purchase items from Warehouse Stationery or Paper Plus. The office has a small supply of stationery that can be sold as individual items during the school year.
The Auckland Transport walking school bus programme is a parent lead initiative supported by the school. The programme has been set up with the younger students in mind, offering a safe way for them to walk to school where the adult supervision is shared. If there are enough students (passengers), then the theory is that the parents (drivers) can walk once a week while their children walk daily. Currently we have no routes running but if you are interested in joining please take a look at the programme https://at.govt.nz/cycling-walking/school-travel/walking-school-bus/