St Thomas More Catholic Parish Primary School seeks to promote its own Catholic identity in the tradition of the Catholic Church. We aim for the children to be nurtured in the Catholic faith and tradition within a Catholic Christian community. The love, joy, peace, goodness, fidelity, self-control and gentleness, which they should experience in a community, united in Christ, is where the most effective learning occurs.
All staff work towards promoting faith development through the provision of a quality Religious Education (RE) curriculum. Staff receive professional development in Religious Literacy, the Religious Education curriculum and assessment practices in Religious Education.
Christian values are also integrated in our entire school program. This is further enhanced by a variety of prayer experiences, liturgical celebrations for all within the community, and ensuring there is a visibility of symbols, scripture and doctrine of the Catholic faith throughout the school.
Prayer is an integral part of St Thomas More school life. Each day, the school assembles to pray together saying the school prayer or a prayer relevant to feast days or other important events in the Church year. A prayer focus is evident in each class daily RE lesson.
Students attending St Thomas More Catholic Parish Primary School also participate regularly in the celebration of Mass and other liturgical celebrations throughout the year – on occasion, at St Thomas More Parish Church. Whole school Masses are held to celebrate special feasts days and occasions such as the feast of St Thomas More. Parents are welcome to join us at any of these times, which are advertised through the school newsletter.
Our school is part of the St Thomas More Ruse Catholic Parish community.
There are many aspects of parish life in which students, staff and families may become involved. All members of our parish school community are actively encouraged to be part of parish and Church life.
On occasions throughout the year, students travel to the St Thomas More Parish Church to celebrate Mass with the parishioners. All children in Years 3 – 6 have the opportunity to go to Reconciliation throughout the year.
Parish sacramental celebrations also provide an opportunity to celebrate students' life of faith with fellow parishioners. The parish provides programs of preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist (First Communion) and Confirmation each year. Enrolment for the sacraments occurs through the parish. The school-based Religious Education curriculum supports and enriches this program of preparation.
Participation in weekend Mass is actively encouraged. View our Parish Mass Times here.