- Principal's Message
- STM Achievers
- STM Awards
- Book Blogger Celebration 2021 Winners
- Athletics snapshot! by 5/6S
- Primary Schools Basketball tournaments here we come!
- CatholicCare Tasmania Open Night
- STEM MAD 2021
- eSafety webinars for parents and carers
- Parish Bulletin
- Rosary in the park
- Community News
When we set out to follow Jesus, faithful to the promises that we made at baptism to renounce sin and live lives directed by the Spirit, we normally do so with generosity of heart. However, after we have borne the burdens of this decision and realise some of the implications of our commitment, we begin to wonder if it was worth it. We believe that God will generously bless us. Still, would it be so wrong to hope for a little more, especially if we have made significant sacrifices along the way?
Of those to whom much has been given, much will be required in return. The closer we are to Jesus, the more we will be expected to mirror him. The great ones in the reign of God, the ones who exercise authority over others, must be the servants of the rest. Parents, teachers, civil authorities, managers of every kind, pastoral leaders must all be servants, as Jesus was a servant. We will also have to drink from his cup of suffering and be baptised into his death. As we draw close to the one who gave his life as an offering for sin, we will find that the same self-sacrifice is being asked of us. When we struggle with the misfortunes that we face because of our commitment to Jesus, we will have him as an inspiration and a model to follow. He can sympathise with our weaknesses, identify with our suffering. We can draw strength from his example and hope from his kindness.
© Dianne Bergant CSA
Welcome back to Term 4, it is great to see all the students back at school.
On Wednesday we were blessed with great weather for our Athletics Carnival. Our students all participated well in the day and congratulations to Tenison House who won the trophy this year, an excellent effort by the team. The last time Tenison won was in 2012. And for the first time, the students won the parent, staff, and student relay, well done to the boys of that team. I am looking forward to our 'G6 v Teachers’ netball challenge in a couple of weeks. Thank you, Mr Stacey, the staff, and parents who all ensured the day was successful.
I wish to welcome Ms Dennis and Mrs Hodgetts. Ms Dennis will be teaching G3/4T this term and Mrs Hodgetts will be teaching Prep T. I am sure you’ll join me in welcoming them to the St Thomas More’s Community.
On Monday our staff attended a Spirituality Day in Westbury. During the day we explored the history of the Sisters of St Joseph, in particular the Tasmanian and St Thomas More’s Chapter. Our Charism or spirit is an important part of who we are as a school, and every one of us is called to live this. The Sisters of St Joseph are focused on going out and helping the poor, poor of spirit or those in need. We too are called, like Jesus teaches us, to go out and help those most in need.
“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ (Matthew 25:40-41)
I mentioned in an early communication that Catholic Care OHSC will now be operating out of the school buildings. In the interim, they are in the Josephite Hall but will be moving to the rooms below the G5/6 area. Some parents are parking in the staff carpark to collect and drop off their children, which you are welcome to do, however as staff require it from 7:30 am, I am requesting that parents are not to use this carpark after 7:30 am.
This weekend is our Primary Basketball Competition for G5/6. A big thanks to all our coaches who have put in many hours preparing the team and to Mrs Zegveld for coordinating our school team. Also thanks to our P&F for purchasing some new basketball jerseys. I wish all the teams all the best and look forward to a great weekend of basketball.
Have a great week.
Congratulations to Joseph, Lola, Lily, Cooper and Cruz, who have received 25 stickers in their Student Acknowledgement booklets. These stickers are given to students displaying positive and respectful behaviour in the playground. They are a great role model for others. Well done!
Congratulations to Angus Scharm from Gr 5/6T who has been named the Regional Champion (North) for the statewide TCEO Book Blogger Celebration competition. Competition organiser and judge Mr Joseph Pearson (Advisor: Learning Technologies and Innovation) commented that,
“Angus' review of The History of Everything (in 32 pages) by Anna Claybourne was an enthusiastic and engaging reflection on a terrific informative text. It captured the key elements of good review and was presented in a style that would undoubtedly capture the attention of his peers.”
Angus was presented with his winning certificate and a $100 book voucher for his wonderful presentation.
Lucie Hall and Marina Stagg (Gr 5/6T) were also awarded a Highly Commended certificate for their excellent video presentation.
Well done to our winners and thank you to all entrants for sharing your passion for reading!
On Wednesday STM athletics history was made!
For the first time, in the Student/Teacher/Parent Race, a student team of runners was able to finish first ahead of the usually dominant Parent Team!
Congratulations to Thomas (1st leg), Angus (2nd leg), Jett (3rd leg) and Cooper (Anchor leg). A fantastic effort!
Also for only the second time ever the Teacher team was defeated by a student team! Sadly for the teachers ALL three student teams finished ahead of our two entered teams.
Congratulations to Grace, Laila, Matilda and Macie who finished third behind the first parent team.
Congratulations also to Jo, Patrick, Henry and Owen who finished fourth.
A review has already begun about the selection process for the teachers’ teams to ensure a stronger performance next year. Training may need to become a requirement after such a disappointing result! ;)
CatholicCare Tasmania would like to invite families to an Open Night to get to know the educators and management team, and enquire about care options for next year. Kinder families for next year are welcome to attend.
Details are attached, and any enquiries can be directed to Emma Hodge at catholiccaretas.org.au
Hockey Tasmania in inviting all schools to join our 5 week Stick2hockey roster in Term 4. Players can register to play with their school team or as individuals to be placed in a team in ages Prep-Gr6. Please refer to attached flyer for details:
City of Launceston Busking Competition
The City of Launceston is proposing a busking competition in early 2022. The aim is to provide a platform for buskers/street performers (musicians, comedians, dancers, poets, artists, magicians, clowns, jugglers, human statues, etc.) to showcase their skills on our City streets and also bring life and business to the Launceston's CBD. Council is currently planning the promotion campaign - the Launcston City Council would like to have local talented student buskers in the promotional video.
Any student buskers who are interested in participating in a promotional video shooting session in the coming weeks for a busking competition event in early 2022, and potentially entering the Competition, please contact Mengda Liu (Liu) Mengda.Liu@launceston.tas.gov.au.